Abuja - Dr Latif Busari, the Executive Secretary of the National Sugar Development Council (NSDC), says Nigeria will harness the potential of sugar cane as an energy source.
Busari told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Thursday that there was a global drive to establish alternative energy sources which Nigeria should join.
According to him, efforts are being made to start the production of E-10, also called gasohol, which is a mixture of 10 per cent ethanol and 90 per cent gasoline.
"Such measures will boost the demand for sugar cane and encourage local production as the growers will be well off," he said.
He, however, said that the core mandate of the council was sugar development, adding that it was working toward repositioning Nigeria as a major player in the global sugar trade.
Busari said the council was adopting an integrated approach so that the sugar refineries would utilise local production instead of refining only imported sugar.
"Sugar refining is a capital intensive project, so we encourage them to source local raw materials.
"We are going to standardise it so that conditions for importing will also require local production of sugar cane," Busari said.
Busari said NSDC was committed to making Nigeria a notable player in the global sugar trade through policies and strategies that would harness natural.