Nigeria to establish 142 Agro-processing Centres under the Green Imperative Program

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Sabo Nanono,Nigeria’s Agriculture and Rural Development Minister

Nigeria’s Agriculture and Rural Development Minister, Sabo Nanono has revealed the plans by the Nigerian government to establish 142 agro-processing centres across the country, with one centre in each senatorial district of the six geo-political zones. He made this disclosure alongside the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed while briefing journalists on the implementation of the program titled “The Green Imperative” program, a Nigeria-Brazil bilateral agriculture development program. The development is expected to help revolutionise the agricultural sector in Nigeria.

The Green Imperative Program, which was launched by the vice president, Yemi Osinbajo, in January 2019, emanated from the More Food International Program of the Brazilian government, with the aim to strengthen the productive capacity of smallholder farmers through provision of tractors.

An Agro-Processing Center is a manufacturing place where all the facilities required for pre-treatment, processing, drying, packaging, storage and marketing (optional) are available in a successive manner for the raw materials and intermediate products derived from the agricultural sector.

In the words of Lai Mohammed, “The program, worth US$1.2 billion, is to be implemented over a period of 5- 10 years with funding from the Development Bank of Brazil (BNDES) and Deutsche Bank with insurance provided by Brazillian Guarantees and Fund Managements Agency (ABGF) and the Islamic Corporation for Insurance of Export Credit (ICIEC) of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) and coordinated by Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV).”

“The program will create about 5 million jobs and inject over US$10 billion into the economy within 10 years and impact over 35 million persons nutritionally and economically,” the minister said.

“It will create a sustainable supply chain of agricultural raw materials for our large manufacturing companies to source locally, thereby saving billions of US dollars in food-related forex, and train about 100,000 extension workers within three years,” he added.

Apart from the establishment of agro-processing centres, the information minister said “The Green Imperative” program will help to create more jobs alongside a sustainable supply chain of raw materials.

Earlier in the year, the African Development Bank (AFDB), in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) promised to spend $300,000 million dollars to develop Special Agro-Industrial Processing Zone (SAPZS) across the country.

This is aimed at boosting food security, reducing food imports and enabling food producers, processors and distributors to operate within one vicinity.

With the federal government’s plan of establishing agro-processing centres across the country, Nigeria will be able to address the issues of post-harvest loss that has been a major challenge to many farmers. The project can add up with SAPZs program from AFDB to revolutionise the agricultural sector in Nigeria.

 

 

 

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