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NSDC to Exploit Strategic Intervention in Attainment of NSMP

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The National Sugar Development Council NSDC says it is set to speedup attainment goals of the National Sugar Master Plan NSMP through strategic intervention.

The Executive Secretary, NSDC, Kamar Bakrin, who stated this in Abuja, said that the NSMP, if implemented properly will save the nation of about 1 billion dollars of sugar imports.

Barkin revealed that the Council was already at the final stage of the strategy developed for the implementation of the second phase of the NSMP, which was launched in 2022.

Expressing hope that the strategy would be launched by President Bola Tinubu next month, Barkin said the council was determined to increase the output of sugar locally and ensure Nigeria becomes a globally competitive producer of the commodity.

He further highlighted availability of land, higher yields, investors attraction and promotion of growers as some of the priority areas the council is currently working to achieve.

“What I am very keen on is the full revitalisation of the Nigeria Sugar Institute in Ilorin, to achieve production of 2 million seedlings which will supply to the operators to help them fast track the development of their sugar estates and also we have a target of training about 1500 sugar industry operators over time.

“We think about the critical thing for us is to accelerate the attainment of the goals of the NSLP. Through strategic intervention, we recognize three objectives. One is to increase the output of sugar locally to match domestic demand, the second one is to become a globally competitive player, compared to nations like Brazil, that have huge natural advantages.

“We also want to ensure that we become a globally competitive producer of sugar as a country to make imports a lot less attractive and the third leg of it is going beyond sugar.

‘We spoke quite a bit about investment promotion, we’ve been able to onboard to new investors, who have shown up with about 20,000 hectares of land.

“We have redesigned the backward integration performance effective framework to ensure that there is proper alignment between the objectives of the NSLP and what the actors are doing”, he said.

Investments in national sugar policy is aimed at attaining self-sufficiency in the commodity and create no fewer than 15,000 jobs in the country.

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