Soybean's value added agreement signed between Ministry of Industry and Japan
Khartoum, April 3 (SUNA) – The second phase of the agreement on soybean’s value added chains was signed Sunday between the Ministry of Industry and the Government of Japan.
The Minister of Industry Dr. Mohamed Yousuf said the project has been interested in all the value-added chains including agriculture, manufacturing, marketing and consumption, stressing strength of socio-economic relations between Sudan and Japan, praising the role of the Embassy of Japan in the development and consolidation of relations between the two countries, pointing out to the various development and economic subsidies extended by the Japanese government.
The minister explained that the soybean project was one of the Japanese support strategic projects and it was considered as a direct food for humans and animals, adding that the convention represents an important addition to the lack of nutrition.
He said that we already started cultivation of soybean crop and it would soon become part of the establishment of a major project for the manufacturing of meat, poultry, dairy and feed, stressing state sponsorship for this project and to resolving of all the problems with the different actors in the public and private sectors.
For his part, the Japanese Ambassador in Sudan Hideki Inoue lauded the relations between the two countries, stressing their keenness to boost them further through cooperation and meetings that serve the interests of both countries. He said that this project came as a second phase of the expansion in the soybean industry.
Dr. Yousuf added that the implementation of this agreement came through the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) for planting 3,000 acres of soybeans in Gezira scheme and bringing a number of machineries and their installation in the Industrial Research and Consultancy Center for the project. He revealed that 35 Sudanese persons have also been sent 35 to Japan for training on machinery and food processing.
The UNIDO Regional Director in Sudan Khalid Moguar said that the soybean project gave concern to all the added value chains of soybean and the two phases have been funded by the Japanese government at an amount of 1.13 million dollars in Khartoum state and Gezira through partnership between the Ministry of Industry, the Government of Japan and the Industrial Research and Consultancy Center as well as the Ministry of Agriculture, the Food Research Centre, Gezira Scheme and the Agricultural Research Center in Medani.