Sokoto State Government, State Chambers of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture, Traders Association and some investors had agreed to establish tomatoes and onions processing companies in the state.
The Caretaker Chairman, Sokoto State Traders Association, Alhaji Mu’azu Bello-Rafi, made this disclosure in an interview with the Nigerian Pilot Sunday in Sokoto on Thursday.
He explained that the establishment of the companies in the state would go a long way to curb the menace of the perennial post harvest losses of the commodities.
Bello-Rafi told Nigerian Pilot shortly after the inaugural meeting of the committee convened to broker peace between the warring factions of the Association.
‘’These firms would be jointly established by the Sokoto State Government, State Chambers of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture, Traders Association and some investors from the state and Niger Republic.
‘’These are part of the measures aimed at reducing the perennial post harvest losses of farm produce in the state.
‘’Such firms would also boost the economy of the state and the nation in general. It would also encourage more people to produce the commodities in large quantity, as well as curb the menace of unemployment,’’ he said.
Bello-Rafi stated that the idea of establishing these agro-allied firms stemmed from the desire to preserve the commodities, enable the people of the state to acces, and use them all-year round.
According to him, the planned firms would also enable the farmers to have value for their products and curb the excesses of middlemen.
‘’The state government had since assured us of its full support, while all the stakeholders are fully committed to the planned project,’’ he said.
The chairman, who is also the proprietor of Sahara Bakeries in Sokoto, said that efforts were ongoing to explore and exploit the abundant natural and mineral resources across the state.
According to him, the project would also assist in improving the revenue sources of the state and Nigeria in general, and reduce over dependence on oil revenue.


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