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President to commission N50 billion Sugar Estate in Niger State
  • Post by Admin on sunday, March 05, 2015

President Muhammadu Buhari will on March 15, 2018, commission Flour Mills of Nigeria biggest agriculture investment in Nigeria, Sunti Golden Sugar Estate at Mokwa, Niger State valued at over N50 billion.

The group said the project illustrates its desire to reduce sugar imports, save billions in foreign exchange, boost local capacity, and reduce unemployment by putting thousands of Nigerians to work.

Located on the banks of River Niger, the sugar estate features 17, 000 hectares of irrigable farmland and a sugar mill that processes 4,500 metric tons of sugarcane per day and at full capacity, the estate is expected to produce one million tons of sugarcane which roughly translates into 100,000 metric tons of sugar yearly.

Enclosed within a 35-kilometer dyke, the production facility area is 15,100 hectares, with a cane area that features a maximum output of 10, 000 hectares. The dyke provides flood protection from the River Niger.

While noting that it has invested over N1 billion in state-of-the-art irrigation system that would ensure the efficient cultivation of sugarcane, with infrastructure that includes drain pumps, pump stations, and a power grid, the group described the project as the purest representation of the federal government’s Nigerian Sugar Master Plan (NSMP) with an ambitious backward integration programme that is tailored to set Nigeria on the path to self-sufficiency in sugar production.

Photo Caption: President Muhammadu Buhari

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