Nigeria consumes 1.6MT of sugar yearly – Enelamah

Nigeria Sugar

Nigeria is consuming 1.6 million metric tonnes of sugar yearly.

Industry, Trade and Investments Minister, Ikechukwu Enelamah, who made this known in Abuja, said about a half of the consumed sugar are imported into the country.

The minister explained that the national sugar masterplan intends to increase the production of the commodity locally over the next few years.

“In that plan, those that are prepared to do backward integration will work with farmers to produce sugar.
 
“We will allow them to import part of our needs at concessionaire rate over a period of time while we monitor their ability to produce sugar locally,’’ Enelamah said.

According to him, under the plan, about 200,000 metric tonnes of sugar will be produced locally over the next 10 years, until the country becomes self-sufficient in the commodity.

“Sugar processing is capital intensive and requires billions of naira to set up a sugar processing plant,’’ he said.

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