By Adelola Amihere
National Sugar Development Council (NSDC) has said that it will collaborate with Kogi State Government to invest $350m into the production of sugar in the state.
NSDC delegation Leader, Alhaji Salihu Bkeke who disclosed this recently at the Government House in Lokoja said Kogi is one of the best states suitable for the project in the country.
According to Agronigeria online , Alhaji Bkeke said the Council had detected a great future in the sugar industry in Oguma, a community in Bassa Local Government Area of the state.
“Kogi state government I must say is agricultural-friendly. We have a master-plan with a roadmap on possible ways of achieving this fit. Based on the roadmap we have in place, we looked for potential sugar growing states, and Kogi state is one of the best states so far with such opportunities from the feasibility studies done”, he said
Project Director of CONTEC Global, Dr. Sashi Mozumder said his team was in two local governments in the state to collect and study soil samples which was concluded to be suitable for the project.
Mozumder noted that the project would also improve the production of Bio fertiliser, animal feeds and petro-chemical production in the state.
“If the state is ready to add any other projects, we are willing and open for discussions. We will ensure a win-win for everyone involved, the government, the groups and the host communities”, he said.
While commenting on the proposed investment, Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello said that the state was blessed with vast and fertile land for various agricultural projects.
He explained that “Kogi is fast becoming a hub for investment. We have a deliberate policy here; we ensure we learn from previous mistakes.””
“Your invest will be safe in our state; feel free, because Kogi is safe from criminals. With the various efforts my administration is putting in place, Kogi will soon begin to export all forms of agricultural products and I can assure you of huge returns in few years from your investment” The Governor added.