Nigeria - Bacita Sugar Expansion Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 21 Nov 1989
Signature Date 21 Oct 1990
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2003
Last Disbursement Planned Date 31 Dec 2003
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Agriculture and Rural Development
DAC Sector Code 31110
Commitment U.A 60,276,600.05
Status Completion

Project General Description

The Bacita Sugar Expansion Project has a high priority within the Nigerian Federal Government programme. This is a follow-on project to an earlier Bank Group intervention. This intervention had produced very good results and had contributed significantly to the trend towards increased sugar production in the complex noted during the 1970s. Only 5% of demand for white sugar is met by domestic production. Bacita Estate is one of only two existing sugar estates which can be expanded. At full development the project will produce approx. 58000 tons of white sugar per annum, and 22000 tons of molasses. This will reduce the level of imports and thus result in savings in foreign exchange. The project will rehabilitate the irrigation water supply system and the existing 5600 ha estate. The area irrigated will be expanded to 7600 ha by the development of an adjacent area of 2000 ha for sprinkler irrigation. Agronomic practices will be improved and new machinery provided in order to raise yields. The existing factory will be refurbished and expanded to increase its milling capacity from 2500 to 4000 ton of cane per day. The principal components of the project comprises of the following: i) Land Development and Rehabilitation; ii) Factory Rehabilitation and Expansion; iii) Agricultural Machinery, Plant and Vehicles; iv) Buildings and equipment; v) Consultancy Services and Training and vi) Operating Costs. The project will be implemented over a 5 year period.

Project Objectives

The project aims to rehabilitate the existing irrigated plantation and to enlarge the development of new lands for sugar cane production. The existing sugar factory is to be rehabilitated and expanded. The objective is to prevent the deterioration of the existing estate and to increase white sugar production from 30,000 to about 58,000 ton per annum and thus to reduce sugar imports.


The project will guarantee employment to about 5000 workers and improve the livelihood of 25000 people.

Participating Organization

African Development Bank
Government Of Nigeria
Nigeria Sugar Company LTD


IATI identifier 46002-P-NG-AA0-006
Last Update 18 Oct 2020


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Geographic Location

Country Nigeria