- The Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC) on Tuesday said the Federal Government would partner a Chinese firm to grow sweet sorghum in the country.
- It said in a statement that it had, on behalf of the government, endorsed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the company, Sang-Liang Technology Development Centre (STDC) on the partnership.
- The statement was issued in Abuja by Chuks Ngaha, RMRDC’s Deputy Director of Public Affairs unit.
- The council said that the development was part its efforts to add value to local raw materials in order to stimulate employment opportunities and create wealth for the nation.
“The council is established to develop raw materials and facilitate the adoption of machinery and processes for raw materials utilisation. “The agreement with STDC is for the processing and development of sweet sorghum into food and industrial and energy products to add value to local raw materials and create wealth,’’ it said.
- The statement explained that the council would receive the sole franchise for the distribution of the improved sweet sorghum seedlings, planting materials and its technology in West Africa.
“The council seeks to domesticate the technology for sweet sorghum production and processing in Nigeria. ‘’Consequently, the agreement includes joint establishment of a comprehensive industrial model project on the development of sweet sorghum,’’ it stated.