Nigeria partners ADB, others to create Special Agro-industrial Processing Zones

Nigeria partners ADB, others to create Special Agro-industrial Processing Zones

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Present at the meeting, African Development Bank Groups Vice President for Agriculture, Human and Social Development, Beth Dunford, stated, “In the very same way that SAPZs have worked in other nations, it will create jobs, develop skills, and help with agricultural worth chains development in Nigeria. The African Development Bank is prepared to accelerate this action.”
IFADs Associate Vice President for Programme Management, Donald Brown, stated, “this flagship task will enable us to take our relationship with the African Development Bank to another level. I believe the Special Agro-industrial Processing Zones are the most significant and most prominent task that IFAD and the Bank will work on together.” Solomon Quaynor, African Development Banks Vice President for Private Sector, Infrastructure and Industrialization, kept in mind that “the quality of commercial policies and design will affect the quality of private sector operators that can be drawn in into the Special Agro-industrial Processing Zones.”

Nigerias federal and state governments have actually expressed overwhelming support for an initiative to produce Special Agro-industrial Processing Zones (SAPZ)– public-private collaborations targeted at establishing priority value chains through developing infrastructure in rural areas, focused on finishing and transforming raw products and commodities.
At a high-level rundown session held on Monday, Minister of Finance, Budget, and National Planning Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed, who hosted the meeting, reaffirmed the federal governments dedication to put in place enabling incentives and policies to bring in economic sector investment in the zones, to guarantee successful implementation.
” The federal government is dedicated to effectively implementing the programme to increase farming production, lower poverty, and scale up job creation throughout the nation,” Mrs Ahmed stated.
The individuals, agents of the African Development Bank Group, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), offered development updates on the scheme, following their assessments with crucial stakeholders within the private and public sectors.
The Director General of the African Development Banks Nigeria Country Department, Lamin Barrow, stated the zones would be presented in 18 African countries, consisting of Nigeria.
The Nigeria Special Agro-industrial Processing Zone program includes four mutually enhancing components– infrastructure development and agro-industrial hubs management; agriculture productivity and production; policy and institutional advancement; and program coordination and management.” The Bank and its development partners are activating $520 million to co-finance the very first phase of the program in Nigeria, be implemented in phases throughout 6 geo-political zones,” Mr Barrow said.
Mrs Ahmed said all 36 States in Nigeria and the Federal Capital Territory would be eligible to get involved in the SAPZ program. In addition to the Federal Capital Territory and 7 states– Kaduna, Kano, Kwara, Imo, Cross River, Ogun and Oyo– taking part in Phase 1, a number of other states have actually shown interest in the SAPZ program. These include Bauchi, Lagos, Niger, Jigawa, Ekiti, Lagos, Taraba, Benue, Sokoto, Ondo, Nasarawa, Gombe and Kogi.
Oyebanji Oyeleran-Oyeyinka, Senior Adviser on Industrialisation to the President of the African Development Bank, stated “the zone model is an explicit industrialization method to transform bad rural spaces into zones of prosperity, stem rural-urban migration, end human insecurity caused by herder-farmers clashes, and offer employment to Nigerian youth.” Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Richard Adebayo, applauded the strategic initiative of the African Development Bank and its partners, and added “strong economic sector involvement will make sure that the task aligns with the Federal Governments industrialization agenda.”
Present at the meeting, African Development Bank Groups Vice President for Agriculture, Human and Social Development, Beth Dunford, stated, “In the same way that SAPZs have actually worked in other countries, it will create jobs, develop abilities, and facilitate agricultural worth chains advancement in Nigeria. The African Development Bank is all set to accelerate this action.”
IFADs Associate Vice President for Programme Management, Donald Brown, stated, “this flagship project will enable us to take our relationship with the African Development Bank to another level. Our relationship started 43 years earlier, and ever since we have worked together on 52 tasks. But I think the Special Agro-industrial Processing Zones are the biggest and most prominent job that IFAD and the Bank will deal with together.” Solomon Quaynor, African Development Banks Vice President for Private Sector, Infrastructure and Industrialization, noted that “the quality of industrial policies and design will influence the quality of economic sector operators that can be brought in into the Special Agro-industrial Processing Zones.”
Ougfaly Badji, IsDBs Senior Agricultural Economist said the zones would enable manufacturers, processors, and the whole farming value chain in Nigeria, to become more lucrative and functional.
Unique Agro-industrial Processing are a flagship effort of the Banks Feed Africa strategic top priority. They aim to provide end-to-end solutions and services that de-risk marketing, processing, and production operations of economic sector stars as they boost production and change capacity in production areas. Completion outcome is enhanced incomes for millions in the backwoods in addition to a reduction in poverty.
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