Kano seeks Ethiopia cooperation to develop Special Agro Processing Zones
Jack Acheme, Kano
Kano State Government Northwestern Nigeria, is seeking the cooperation of Ethiopian government to develope it’s Special Agro Processing Zone.
Kano state Governor Dr. Umar Ganduge represented by his Deputy, Nasiru Gawuna stated during a study tour to Ethiopia initiated by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development,
He said they were in the East African Country to copy the giant strides it has made in the agricultural sector.
“We are here to seek for greater cooperation with you on how to develop our Special Agro Processing Zone”.
“Kano State Government is highly committed towards establishing its Special Agro Processing Zone hub at Bagauda in order to boost the economy of the State, support small holder farmers and strengthen drive for attracting investors,” said Gawuna.
Sites visited for the study tour include among others: Sidama Yirgalem, Bulbula Integrated Agro-industrial Parks.
The Board Chairman of the Sidama Industry Park Corporation, Dr.Ararso Geremen said the aim of the facility is to help drive the structural transformation of the economy as well as focus on agro-industries,create jobs and opportunities for skills development.
“The Park will help towards attracting local and foreign investors in agro-food, currently some of the production sites are engaged in avocado oil,honey and organic coffee processing,” he explained.
He assured of cooperation and support to Kano State to achieve its goals in the agricultural sector.
In the study tour were the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Dr.Muhammad Mahmud Abubakar, Governors of Kwara and Ogun States Mal.Abdurrahman Abdurrazaq and Prince Dapo Abiodun respectively, representatives of African Development Bank and other members of the technical team.