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Business News of Friday, 5 August 2022


Unilever Nigeria, FCMB partner Psaltry International to deliver Africa's first cassava-based Sorbitol factory

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Africa’s first cassava-based sorbitol manufacturing facility, constructed by Psaltry International Limited (PIL) in partnership with First City Monument Bank (FCMB) and Unilever Nigeria, has been commissioned at a powerful ceremony by the Governor of Oyo State, His Excellency, Seyi Makinde, in Iseyin, Oyo State.

Speaking on the commissioning of the manufacturing facility, Governor Makinde, stated, “that is one other worth addition to cassava which Oyo State is understood to provide in giant amount. We are glad that the methods adopted to spice up agribusiness within the state are yielding the specified outcomes. We imagine there can’t be city transformation with out rural improvement. Our authorities is in full help of Psaltry International Company Limited.”

Describing the socio-economic impression of the Sorbitol manufacturing facility, the Founder/CEO, Psaltry International, Mrs Oluyemisi Iranloye, stated, “this manufacturing facility which is first of its variety in Africa, is projected to create 25,000 direct and oblique jobs whereas empowering 10,000 rural farmers and households dwelling inside an 80km radius masking greater than 20 host communities round Oke-Ogun in Iseyin, Oyo State. The manufacturing facility, which can produce 24 tons of Cassava-based Sorbitol each day, was financed by FCMB by way of the Central Bank of Nigeria’s Commercial Agriculture Credit Scheme and has Unilever as the biggest off-taker as a part of its localisation of uncooked supplies for manufacturing. Also known as sugar alcohol, Sorbitol is used to protect moisture, add sweetness, present texture to merchandise, and probably help digestive and oral well being.”

She added that touchdown the manufacturing facility is a journey of braveness, resilience, and boldness to excel on the planet’s cassava worth chain past the norm. The intention is to cut back the challenges going through producers who import Sorbitol into Nigeria, a product that’s 90% main ingredient in toothpaste and pharmaceutical syrup manufacturing. In addition to employment alternatives for teens and farmers, the manufacturing facility will straight impression a minimal of 100,000 individuals across the host neighborhood. It can even save Nigeria about 10m US {dollars} every year in Forex.

On his half, the Managing Director, Unilever West Africa, Carl Cruz, stated, “Unilever is happy to be a part of this initiative according to its localisation agenda to supply uncooked supplies regionally in Nigeria. With our sustained funding on localisation, we’ve got enhanced the capability of companions to extend their manufacturing output in sorbitol and cassava starch. This has lowered our dependence on importation of uncooked supplies for our native manufacturing and enabled us to generate employment for manufacturing facility employees, agronomists, back-office help, harvesters, pruners, and suppliers.”

He additional stated that the help for Psaltry International is a part of Unilever Nigeria’s resolve to empower ladies and folks with disabilities owned or led companies as a part of its social procurement initiative. “Through this initiative, we need to break the biases in opposition to ladies and folks with disabilities in enterprise. These biases are stopping them from maximising their full potential. It is a part of our deliberate steps to make sure our provide chain is extra various and inclusive,” Cruz said.

Commenting on the event, the Managing Director of FCMB, Mrs Yemisi Edun, restated the dedication of the Bank to championing and supporting initiatives that will create wealth and fast-track nationwide improvement throughout all sectors of the economic system, particularly in agribusiness.

According to her, “we’re proud to finance the Sorbitol manufacturing facility of Psaltry Limited and excited that the mission has come on stream. This is one more instance of our dedication to advertise the commercial improvement of Nigeria in addition to create alternatives for indigenous firms to be globally aggressive and reap the benefits of the African Continental Free Trade Area. In addition, this can assist create employment, notably for the youth and girls in Iseyin city and its environs, enhance earnings ranges, the usual of dwelling, and cut back rural-urban migration.”

Psaltry International Company Limited was based in 2005 for the advertising of cassava produce, the elevation of farming enterprise in rural areas and the manufacturing of food-grade starch and high-quality cassava flour from Cassava. The firm established its 20 tons per day starch manufacturing facility in 2012 and an extra manufacturing line of 30 tons per day capability in 2015 to fulfill extra buyer calls for and satisfaction.