We brought to your notice a while ago that the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and rural Development was embarking on the establishment of the Staple Crop Processing Zones (SCPZs) in the country.
The implementation of the projects is moving on very well.
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has estimated that the first phase of the Staple Crop Processing Zones (SCPZs), a project being driven by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD will gulp $1,063.1 billion. The SCPZs are located in 6 zones in Nigeria.
This was revealed by the UNIDO representative in Nigeria, Dr. Chukwuma Ezedinma, while unveiling SCPZs master plan at a one-day stakeholders’ workshop on effective implementation of the project in Abuja on Wednesday 12/2/2014…
Ezedinma stated that the funds would cover specialized and support facilities, including external infrastructure, such as road connectivity, highway strengthening, rail connectivity, air and seaport connectivity, power linkages and external water supply linkages.
He stated that “The six staple crop processing zones which will be established in Kogi, Kano, Rivers, Niger, Enugu and Anambra is estimated to cost $1,063.1 billion. The breakdown is as follows: Niger ($181.4 million); Kano ($151.1 million); Anambra ($186.6 million); Rivers ($79.6 million); Kogi ($314.7 million); and Enugu ($149.7 million),”
Also at the workshop was the Permanent Secretary, FMA&RD, Mrs Ibukun Odusote who explained the role the ministry would play and this is to establish synergy with relevant ministries and agencies of the government, as well as the private sector to address challenges arising from the establishments of the SCPZs.
The Permanent Secretary was represented by the Director, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Mr Chudi Nwaudu. He stated that the development and implementation of the SCPZs cuts across ministries. This according to her culminates the coming together of all relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies and the private sector.
Furthermore, all present were informed that an inter-ministerial committee would be set-up by the federal government to drive the project to a logical conclusion.
Already, private sector investors have been secured for the Alape, Badeggi and the Bunkure zones and they are Cargill USA, Nigeria Flour Mills, and Dangote group respectively.
Of the 14 SCPZs selected for development in the country, 6 are to take off in the first phase namely
1. Bunkure in (Kano state), for Rice, Tomato and Sorghum
2. Agbadu-Alape (Kogi state) for Cassava
3. Badeggi (Niger state) for Rice,
4. Ketu (Lagos state) for aquaculture
5. Omor (Anambra state) and Adani (Enugu state) for Rice and
6. Okorolo (Rivers state) for fisheries and aquaculture.
These sites are designed to be multi-crop processing zones, located near high agricultural production areas with cluster of agro-processing activities..
This workshop was necessary as a result of the completion of the master plan, and the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). The next phase to be embarked upon is the implementation stage.
The workshop became necessary so that all relevant agencies would discuss the details, possible areas of intervention and support on the infrastructural needs as well as deliberate national policies on the SCPZs for effective implementation.