Kebbi State has commenced rice export to West and North African countries following its huge production capacity of the commodity.
The State Governor, Abubakar Bagudu, gave this hint when he hosted the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) Barr Hassan Bello.
The NCS’ boss led a team of the Council to inform the Governor about plans to establish an Inland Container Depot (ICD) and a Truck Transit Park in the state.
Specifically, the governor said that the state had started exporting rice to Republic of Benin, Niger and Libya.
Bagudu said: “We are exporting rice because people from Benin Republic, Niger and Libya are buying our rice except if you are defining export as selling to the West (Europe).
The Governor assured the Council of his administration’s readiness to support any project that would drive trade facilitation and boost economic activities in the state.
Describing Kebbi as agrarian state which has potential in agriculture, including aquatic splendour, which makes the state as part of the Blue Sea economy, the governor described
the ICD and Truck Transit Park as important projects to the state considering that its enormous agricultural and minerals deposits.
Bagudu said that sharing borders with Niger and Benin Republic, Kebbi had the advantage of enabling the state to export commodities.
He also cited the big rivers of the state, including Argungu River, as helping to boost economic and tourism activities with the latter turning the state into a tourist destination by virtue of the yearly Argungu International Fishing Festival.
In addition to the state’s competitive advantage in rice, the governor also listed onions and pepper among key agricultural crops being produced in the state, adding that they have made the planned Lolo Inland Container Depot and Truck Park very important to the state.
Earlier in his remarks, the NSC’s boss noted that Kebbi state was strategically located and endowed with agricultural resources such that the two projects when completed would impact on the state’s economy with a lot of multiplier effects on the nation’s economy.