3.5m metric tonnes of sugar refined, about twice the 1.7m limit in 2022.
The National Sugar Development Council (NSDC) announced on Wednesday in Abuja that the country’s annual sugar production hit 3.5 million metric tonnes, which is more than twice the 1.7 million tonnes annual consumption quota in 2022. Although there are numerous obstacles facing the sugar sector of the country, NSDC Executive Secretary Mr. Zacch Adedeji has stated that different measures have already been set up to overcome the issues impeding the expansion of the production of sugar in the country.
He explained that the revised Nigerian Sugar Master Plan (NSMP), which was put in place to boost the sector, includes the government facilitating accessibility to a friendly environment, which will guarantee expansion to reach self-sufficiency in 2023. However, the agriculture component of the master plan had not been effective up to this point, but a significant increase was anticipated through the use of the new edition of the growth plan. He acknowledged that the sugar industry was a significant contributor to the Federal Government’s revenue.
Sugar sector contributes to the county’s industrialization policy.
When it was productive, the sugar industry was a significant contributor to Nigeria’s industrialization program, particularly in terms of the policy’s emphasis on growing the foods that are consumed and consuming those that are grown. However, with the introduction of the ambitious and well-planned 10-year plan to develop and reform the sector in an effort to recover Nigeria’s lost position in terms of sugar production in the world, the huge degeneration in the sector has improved and shown some signs of restructuring.
The policy, called the Nigeria Sugar Master Plan (NSMP), was made in 2012, but it didn’t start to be put into action until 2013. With the start of the NSMP, the sugar industry, which had not been relevant, rose up as locals and foreign investors became interested in the sector. According to the master plan, Nigeria’s 1.7 million metric tons of sugar needs would be reached in 10 years. Sugar cane would need to be grown on a total of 250,000 hectares, 28 factories would need to be built, and more than 100,000 jobs will be created.
Implementation of the initiative will be carried out till 2033.
After the first phase of the master plan’s implementation began in 2013 and will continue until the first quarter of 2023, the federal government approved the second phase, which will see actual implementation start in 2023 and continue until 2033 in a rare display of dedication to its economic transformation policy with the promotion of industrialization. Sugar self-sufficiency will be achieved as soon as possible, and then the country will begin exporting sugar to other African nations. Following the guidelines laid out in the Phase 2 Plan, they will make some minor adjustments to the current practices.
Adedeji has stated that the next phase of operations will be based on reliable information and new approaches to ensure the smooth operation of their operations. Raw sugar quotas for the upcoming year will be distributed to companies depending on their past performance. As a result, they are urging the operators to brace themselves for the new allocation order of raw sugar quotas, which is not dependent on the size of the refinery, as was the case prior to the approval of NSMP Phase 2.
Companies are also contributing to the initiatives and providing jobs.
Most Sugar firms employed skilled and unskilled workers at their full capacity. Young job seekers and graduates seeking opportunities flocked to the top sugar companies daily. He noted that four companies had joined the NSMP Backward Integration Programme (BIP) as of currently. Dangote, BUA, Golden, and KIA Africa Group Sugar Refinery. These BIP operators have facilities spread across the states of Nigeria, where they employ Nigerians and boost the local economies of the areas they operate in. Dangote Sugar Refinery has BIP locations in Numan, Adamawa State and Tunga, Nasarawa State; BUA Group in Lafiagi, Kwara State; Golden Sugar in Sunti, Niger State, and KIA Africa in Bacita, Kwara State.
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That shows we are expanding our sugar production industry. It is really a nice thing to behold. It being one of our cash crops will also make sense so we can export it.
3.5m metric tonnes of sugar refined, about twice the 1.7m limit in 2022. It means that the demand for sugar has really increase. We can also export sugar in order to make more money
This is a good news to hear,this is the only way that can make the economy grow because it will generate lots of jobs and also generate more revenue to the government through exports.
Good news! it will not only create job opportunities but also generate more revenue to the government through exports.
Wow this is nice our expansion of sugar is growing well and demand for it is high. The revenue generate will increase also and create job for people
A variety of countermeasures have already been put in place to address the challenges that are preventing the country from increasing its sugar production to a greater extent.
The government has made it easier to have access to a supportive environment as part of the updated Nigerian Sugar Master Plan (NSMP), which was implemented to grow the sector and achieve self-sufficiency in sugar production by 2023.
The master plan’s agriculture section had not been successful thus far, but with the new growth strategy in place, that was expected to change.
We can do more than the 3.5MT if every factors are put in place for maximum sugar production. The Agricultural sector should be worked on to achieve this goal. It is part of the industrialization policy and can also generate more revenue for the country.
It is imperative that the Federal Government takes measures to enhance the sugar business, as it has historically provided a sizable portion of its tax revenue.
It’s really a thing of joy that sugar production has doubled in size and this has contributed immensely to the industry and has also helped in job creation and our government needs to improve on this achievement.
When it was operating at full capacity, Nigeria’s sugar sector made important contributions to the country’s industrialization program, especially in light of the policy’s emphasis on producing and consuming locally grown food.
the operators need to prepare themselves for the new order of allocating raw sugar quotas, which will not be based on the capacity of the refinery.
Every day, large numbers of recent graduates and young people looking for work went to the leading sugar firms.
The sugar industry has long been a reliable source of tax revenue for the federal government, so it is crucial that the government takes steps to improve the industry.
In order to overcome the obstacles that are keeping the nation from raising the amount of sugar it produces to a larger level, a variety of different preventative measures have already been put into place.
The agriculture component of the master plan had not been successful up to this point, but now that the new growth strategy was in place, it was anticipated that this will change.
The sugar industry has long been a reliable source of tax income for the federal government, making it vital that the government take steps to improve the industry.
The master plan’s agriculture component had not yet been successful, but with the new growth plan edition, a major improvement was predicted.
If government can help put an end to this incessant farmers-herders clashes, bandits and terrorism, putting in place policy and every input the farmers will need then NIGERIA can do more than 3.5m MT sugar production.
They advise the business owners to prepare for the new raw sugar distribution order, which does not depend on the size of the refinery as it did before NSMP Phase 2 was approved.