Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Aisha Abubakar, has said the federal government plans to attain self-sufficient in sugar production has so far hit 20 per cent implementation level.
Abubakar, who stated at a meeting with the three main sugar investors recently in Abuja, noted that the meeting would avail government the opportunity to know the areas to improve on and ensure also create the enabling environment for more private sector participation in the industry.
She said, “ with the view to master plan is a 10 year plan and we are in the fourth year of implementation plan now and in terms of back- up integration which is the main objective of the plan we have farmers with over thirty thousand hectare of land” .
According to her, “we have three key players in the industry which includes the Dangote group, Meal flower group, and the Agro Alliance, with this development we believe that by 2019 , there should be able to attain some level of self sufficiency in sugar production in the country”.
“We want to get to where we stop importation of sugar that produces enough quantity that would be sufficient for consumption and export to other parts of the world by means of diversification which will also generate employment opportunity to citizens”, the minister added .
The minister however noted that Nigeria is still behind in achieving the master plan, noted that four years out of the 10 years plan , not much has been achieved so far, while attributing it to the capital intensive nature of the sugar investment.
According to her, “ masterplan, which has Dangote Industries, Bua group and Flour Mills as major players was to stimulate backward integration in the nation’s sugar industry.
Her words: “The masterplan is a four-year plan, we are in the fourth year of implementation, and in terms of backward integration which is the core objective of the plan, we have farmers in over 30,000 hectares of land.
“We have the three main players in the industry; Dangote, Flour Mill and the Bua group.”
Speaking further, the minister said the meeting became necessary to ensure that government leverage on the sugar industry to boost the economy, adding that Nigeria was still far behind in sugar self-sufficiency.
“We have engaged farmers in the backward integration and we are still far behind. We are just about 20 per cent and we need to be more aggresive,” she said.
In a remark, the Acting Executive Secretary of the National Sugar Development Council, Mr Samuel Ali Kwabe, expressed the readiness of the council to ensure that the masterplan become a success story.
On their parts, representatives of Dangote industries, Flour Mills and Bua group expressed their organisations’ commitment to the masterplan, saying that billions of Naira have been invested separately by them in the sugar industry within the last three years.
“We have the three main players in the industry; Dangote, Flour Mill and the Bua group.”
Speaking further, the minister said the meeting became necessary to ensure that government leverage on the sugar industry to boost the economy, adding that Nigeria was still far behind in sugar self-sufficiency.
“We have engaged farmers in the backward integration and we are still far behind. We are just about 20 per cent and we need to be more aggresive,” she said.
In a remark, the Acting Executive Secretary of the National Sugar Development Council, Mr Samuel Ali Kwabe, expressed the readiness of the council to ensure that the masterplan become a success story.
On their parts, representatives of Dangote industries, Flour Mills and Bua group expressed their organisations’ commitment to the masterplan, saying that billions of Naira have been invested separately by them in the sugar industry within the last three years.


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