The Federal Government says the country will be self-sufficient in refined sugar production by 2023.

The Executive Secretary, National Sugar Development Council Latif Busari, said this in Abuja at the signing of “Sugarcane Irrigation’’ agreement between BUA and NETAFIM.

Executive Secretary, National Sugar Development Council Latif Busari,

Busari said the agreement would boost sugarcane farming, thereby, providing raw materials for refined sugar production.

The Federal Government’s Nigerian Sugar Master Plan which started in 2013, aims to achieve local sugar production level of about 1.7 million metric tonnes by 2023.

The target is expected to be attained by the establishment of numerous sugar factories in parts of the country and cultivation of sugarcane on at least 250,000 hectares of land over 10 years.

Most of the investment in the sector is expected to come from the private sector.