By Abdulkadir Mohammed
With the aim of establishing Special Agro Processing Zone in Kano, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, in company of Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development officials, has paid a study visit to Special Agro Processing Zones in Ethiopia.
Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, who was represented by the Kano State Deputy Governor, Dr. Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna, specifically visited Yirgalem Integrated Agro-industrial Park located on 294 hectares in the South-Central Sidama National Regional State.
Chairman, Board of the Sidama Industry Park Corporation, Dr. Ararso Geremen, who briefed the delegation, said the aim of the facility was to help drive the structural transformation of their economy and focus on agro-industries as well as create job opportunities for skills development.
According to him, “the Park will help attract local and foreign investors in agro-food, pointing out that at present, some of the production sites are engaged in avocado oil, honey and organic coffee processing.”
He expressed appreciation for the visit and assured the delegation of their cooperation and support to Kano State government towards achieving its agricultural goals.
Responding, Dr. Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna, said they were in the East African country to study what he described as “their giant strides 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 the drive for attracting investors,” Gawuna said.