Yola – The National Sugar Development Council said it had assisted no fewer than 256 sugarcane farmers in Adamawa.
Liaison Officer of the council in the North-East, Malam Sule Tambaya, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yola on Monday.
Tambaya said that the development followed the successful implementation of the national sugar development programme in the state.
He recalled that in 2011 only two farmers were registered on the programme in the state, adding that aside the 256 currently on the programme, over 1,000 farmers had applied for registration.
He confirmed that presently, 90 per cent of sugar consumed in Nigeria was imported, and explained that the national sugar development programme was to boost sugar production in the country.
According Tambaya, under the scheme, the out growers are targeted to provide 40 per cent of total sugar cane demand to Savannah Sugar factory.
He said that the council was striving to boost sugar production in the country.
Similarly, Mr Godwin Sule, out growers’ manager of the council in the state, expressed satisfaction over the national sugar scheme.
Sule told NAN that Dangote Group often supported sugarcane farmers in the state with improved variety seedlings of the commodity.
“Savannah sugar in its part supported the sugarcane out growers with seedlings, prepared lands, fertilizers and other agricultural inputs at subsidized rate.
“The farmers would pay back the loans with sugar cane,” he said.
Sule disclosed that due to the success of the scheme in the state, thousands of farmers were eager to be registered into the programme.
He called on the Federal Government to expand the scheme to cover more farmers. (NAN)