Governor Nasir El-Rufai, in conjunction with the CBN and Vicampro Farms limited, has established a landmark Potato and processing facility.
The farm, which is cited in Manchok, Kaura local government area of the state, is reported to worth over $120 million dollars.
The farm is the largest potato facility in sub-Saharan Africa, cultivating 10,000 hectares of land.
The farm is projected to generate over 30,000 job opportunities for the nation’s teeming unemployed youths.
According to El-Rufai said “The project is very important to Kaduna State as it will create jobs.
“It will also stimulate a chain of economic activities that will impact positively on the economic development of the state and nation.
“Vicampro is not only going to process potato that will serve local demand.
“It is also primed for export of its products, thereby earning foreign exchange for the country.”
Governor El Rufai has also eased the system so that the State is becoming a much easier place to do business.
Some of his policies have already started yielding positive results.
“We have Olam of Singapore investing $150 million to build the largest integrated Poultry and Feed Mill in Nigeria.
“Similarly, Dangote Group is investing in a 7,000-hectare tomato farm and a processing plant in Kaduna state”, he said.
The CBN governor, Mr. Emefiele, in his remarks, noted that “Four commodities namely Rice, Wheat, Fish and Sugar account for an annual food import bill of N1.4 trillion.
“We have the capacity to produce these commodities locally.
“Not-withstanding our position as a major producer of potatoes in Africa, we still import close to 40,000 tons of processed potatoes from South Africa.
“With the decline in foreign exchange earnings, we can no longer afford to support continued importation of these items.
The CBN governor also applauded Vicampro Farms for the steps taken towards ensuring the potato facility is eventually realized.