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Kaduna, Afreximbank to establish centre for inspecting agricultural products

Kaduna state government has partnered with the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) to establish the Africa Quality Assurance Centre (AQAC) to inspect agricultural products for exports. 

According to a statement by Uba Sani, Kaduna state governor, via X on June 6, the certificate of occupancy for a 5-hectare land designated for the project had been presented, demonstrating the state’s support for the initiative.

“Earlier today, I had a strategic meeting with the top executives and members of the African Export-Import Bank (@afreximbank) on the construction of an Africa Quality Assurance Centre (AQAC) in Kaduna State,” Sani said.

“The team was led by the director, export development, Oluranti Doherty.

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“I briefed the team on our efforts towards supporting agriculture in the state, which includes providing farming equipment, quality seedlings, fertilizers, as well as road infrastructure which will help in reducing post harvest loses and cost of transportation.

“As part of our support towards the AFREXIM AQAC, I presented the Certificate of Occupancy for a 5-hectare land where the project will be situated in Kaduna State.”

In her remarks, Doherty said the centre will be a state-of-the-art facility with the capacity to offer testing, certification, and inspection of agricultural products for export.

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She said the state was considered as host of the facility due to its strong commitment to improving agriculture and demonstrated support for smallholder farmers and agro-processors in the state.

In response, the governor commended the bank for choosing the state for the project.

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