Vicampro Farms lauded for citing N10bn potato processing plant in Kaduna

The Kaura Local Government of Kaduna State on Tuesday commended Vicampro Farms for locating its planned N10 billion Potato Processing Plant in the area.

The council`s Interim Management Committee Chairman, Mr Alex Iya, gave the commendation in Kaduna in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
He said the project would boost the state`s economy and improve agricultural activities in the area.
``Besides the processing plant and the potato farm, the company will also encourage ginger, soya beans and vegetable farming.
``What got me interested is that, apart from boosting the economy of Kaura Local Government, the project will create jobs for our teeming farmers and unemployed youths, `` he said.
Iya said that the council had entered into discussion with the state government for the release of the 10,000 hectares of land needed for the potato farm, so that farmers can commence planting.
The chairman added that the council would partner stakeholders in the business sector to fast-track development of the area.
He said the dwindling economic resources had stagnated development, particularly at the local government level, making such partnership a viable option for development to thrive.
``Arrangements have been concluded with relevant stakeholders, businessmen and women within the area, to see how we can collaborate on development issues.
``There are lots of business activities taking place within the local government, supermarkets, fuel stations and hotels, among others.
``I think it is fair for owners of businesses to contribute to the development of the area as part of their corporate social responsibility; no matter how small, it will be appreciated,`` he said.
The chairman said that rich individuals in the communities would also be encouraged to support and contribute their quota to the progress and development of the council.
In his speech, the Chief of Moro’a, Malam Tagwai Sambo, who is the traditional ruler of Manchok community, described the project as `a welcome development’ for Manchok people.
He observed that the project would increase the economic fortune of the people of his community.
``Not only will the project transform our community, it will equally provide job opportunities and open our town to global economy.
``I assure you that we will give our maximum support to ensure that the project becomes a reality, `` he said.
NAN reports that Vicampro Farms, an agro-chemical company, had in June announced plans to establish N10 billion potato French fries plant in Manchok.
The company’s Secretary and Legal Adviser, Mrs Adediran Adeola, said the plant would create jobs more than 2,000 jobs, with its capacity to process 2,500 tonnes of potatoes daily. (

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