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Borno to export wheat, gum arabic to Sudan

Borno to export wheat, gum arabic to Sudan

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Borno to export wheat, gum arabic to Sudan

By Matthew Eloyi

Borno State is set to export wheat and gum arabic to Sudan.

The development followed a discussion between the State Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum and a team of experts at the headquarters of Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA) in Khartoum, Sudan on Sunday.

A statement by the governor’s spokesman, Mallam Isa Gusau, on Monday explained that the discussion resulted in a partnership potentially reached between the bank and Borno State to partner on exporting wheat and gum arabic produced by farmers in Borno.

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According to Gusau, Zulum was received by the bank’s Director-General, Sidi Ould Tah, and other top executives.

He said the governor arrived the Sudanese capital at the weekend alongside Nigeria’s former Minister of State for Agriculture, Bukar Tijjani, a Borno indigene, who is an expert on international agricultural development; the Commissioner for Local Governments and Emirate Affairs, Segun Mai-Mele; Chairman of Borno’s Mega Farms Project, Inuwa Kubo, as well as the governor’s Adviser on Sustainable Development, Partnerships and Humanitarian Response.

The statement revealed that Borno is one of Nigeria’s leading producers of wheat and gum arabic, while the BADEA was established by 18 Arab countries (the League of Arab States) in 1973 and began operations in 1975 with the objective of strengthening economic, financial and technical cooperation between Arab countries and African regions through financing opportunities for economic development in African countries.

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Gusau said Zulum, while at the bank highlighted a video documentary produced in the Arabic language, the challenges Borno has severely faced as a result of terrorism attacks on communities as well as the ongoing rebuilding and economic recovery efforts with huge opportunities in agriculture, given the state’s vast and fertile land resources for irrigation and rain-fed agriculture.

Borno to export wheat, gum arabic to Sudan

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