13 July 2021 by MATHEW AYOOLA
National Sugar Development Council, NSDC, has called for the support of State Governments of sugar producing belt in resolving land and community hostilities.
The Executive Secretary of the Council, Mr Zacch Adedeji who made the call while speaking with newsmen in Abuja said NSDC would come up with a Forum of Sugar Producing States towards reducing the problem of land and community hostilities.
Mr Zacch Adedeji said the move became necessary to boost local production of sugar in the country.
According to him, the current consumption of sugar in the country is one point seven million metric tonnes.
He stated that when the Nigeria Sugar Masterplan is successfully implemented, it would generate about 50 thousand direct jobs and over 250 indirect jobs in the country.
Mr Zacch Adedeji who described sugar as an essential commodity explained that the NSDC had put in place measures to boost local production of sugar in the country.
The Executive Secretary explained that the Council had also put in place the Backward Integration Programme with ten years plan of achieving the production of seventy million metric tonnes of sugar.
He said in the last seven years the Council had installed over three million metric tonnes capacity of refining which had doubled the local consumption
Mr Zacch Adedeji stated that the Council had stepped up its field production towards achieving its mandate in the areas of job creation and stopping importation of both the raw and refined sugar.
The Executive Secretary identified funding, forex restriction, community hostilities among others as some of the challenges confronting the Council.
He therefore solicited the support of stakeholders towards developing the nation’s sugar sector.