The Nigerian government represented by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) and the Chinese Government are on the part to actualizing a strategic partnership to advance the agricultural prowess of Nigeria. The Permanent Secretary, FMARD, Sonny Echono, who disclosed this on Tuesday [22 September 2015], when he received the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, H.E Gu Xiaojie at the Ministry’s Headquarters in Abuja said discussion to this effect is on-going with some Research Institutions in China in the area of Technology…Full Article: AllAfrica Sept 2015
- Nigeria is hoping to boost its milling capacity for rice and cassava (e.g. Staple Crops Processing Zones or SCPZs) and develop its ranches, poultry and textile industry.
- In August 2015, two Chinese companies would reportedly invest in northern Nigeria’s agriculture sector. The first, China Geo-Engineering Corporation (CGC) announced plans to develop 9,000 ha of agricultural land in Jigawa. The company has previously carried out road construction and irrigation projects in Jigawa’s largest city, Hadejia. The second, China’s Lee Group, which produces shoes in Jigawa, announced plans to expand into sugar production, molasses and seasoning (e.g. spices) in the near future.
- In August 2014, China’s Geo-Engineering Corporation International Ltd (CGCINT) was planning to invest in 30,000 hectares of cassava farm land around Pointe-Noire, Republic of Congo. The company was hoping to grow cassava in Congo and ship it back to a China-based cassava starch plant. During the same month, Nigeria announced that China was going to establish a cassava processing plant in southeastern Nigeria (Yakurr Area of the state).
- In July 2013, a Chinese agricultural company agreed to supply and setup 50 units of center pivot irrigation equipment on 1,700 ha of northeastern Nigeria’s Borno State.