The Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc, has disclosed that arrangement for the inauguration of the N50 billion worth Sunti Golden Sugar Estate, in Mokwa, Niger State is in full motion.
The company’s Media Officer, Mr Tola Samuel in a statement said that the 10,000 metric tons of sugar yearly sugar estate is scheduled to be commissioned by President Muhammadu Buhari on March 15.
According to the statement, the farm at peak production will provide direct employment for about 10,000 people yearly, and impact up to 50,000 people indirectly, including 3,000 small-scale out growers who will be cultivating sugarcane to feed the mill.
This Day Live reports that Mr. Tola Samuel said that the sugar mill estate would set the country on the path to become self-sufficient in sugar production.
“At full capacity, the estate is expected to produce 1 million tons of sugarcane which roughly translates into 100,000 metric tons of sugar yearly.
“Enclosed within a 35-kilometer dyke, the production facility area is 15,100 hectares, with a cane area that features a maximum output of 10, 000 hectares.
“The dyke provides flood protection from the River Niger.
“Over N1 billion was invested in the state-of-the-art irrigation system that will ensure the efficient cultivation of sugar cane, with infrastructure that includes drain pumps, pump stations, and a power grid,’’ the statement said.