By Tom Garba, Yola and Abubakar Mohammed
The National Sugar Development Council has registered and supported 256 sugar cane out grower farmers in Adamawa.
Malam Sule Tambaya the North East Liaison officer of the council made this known in Yola on Sunday.
Tambaya said that the development followed the successful implementation of the National Sugar Development Programme. “National Sugar Development Council has successfully registered and supported 256 sugar cane out grower farmers in Adamawa; and the aim of the project is to boost national sugar production." he said.
The liaison officer confirmed that presently, 90 per cent of sugar consumed in Nigeria is being imported.
He further explained that under the scheme, the out growers were targeted to provide 40 per cent of total sugar cane demand to Savannah Sugar factory.
Tambaya said the council is doing everything possible to boost sugar production in the country.
Mr. Godwin Sule, the state out growers’ manager expressed satisfaction over the Federal Government Sugar Scheme.
Sule, a staff of Savannah sugar of. Dangote Group of Company said the company also supports farmers with improved variety cane seedlings." Savannah sugar on its part supported the sugarcane out growers with seedlings, prepared lands, fertilizers and other agricultural inputs at subsidized rate, while the farmers paid back the incentive with row sugar cane." Sule said.
Sule observed that due to smooth implementation of the scheme, thousands of farmers were eager to be registered into the programme.