The Kaduna State Governent has performed the ground breaking for the 120 million dollars Vicampro Potato Farm and Processing facility in Manchok, Kaura Local Government Area.
The project which is the adjudged biggest potato plant in sub Sahara Africa and its farm is expected to cover 10,000 hectares of land and generate 30,000 job opportunities for the teaming unemployed youths.
Performing the ceremony, Governor El-Rufai said to open Kaduna to business and investment world, the House of Assembly to pass a law that established the Kaduna State Investment Promotion Agency (KADIPA) which coordinates activities towards attracting and promoting investments.
According to El-Rufai, “We want businesses to feel safe bringing their investments to Kaduna state. That is why we organised the Kaduna Economic Summit (KADInvest) between 6th and 7th April, 2016, to showcase the numerous opportunities and potentials of the state and how ready Kaduna is for investment”
“Today Kaduna is becoming a much easier place to do business and our efforts have already started yielding positive results. We have Olam of Singapore investing 150 Million dollars to build the largest integrated Poultry and Feed Mill in Nigeria. Similarly, Dangote Group is investing in a 7000-hectare tomato farm and a processing plant in Kaduna state.”
Also at the event, Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele lamented the drop in oil prices, which he said had drastically affected the country’s economy.
“There is therefore need for diversification as the only alternative. What Kaduna State is doing today is what we want at this moment,” Emefiele stated.
The Managing Director of Vicampro company, Michael Agbogbo on his part, said the company would produce French fries, Irish flakes and biscuits for local and international consumption.