NIRSAL is finalising an innovative transportation system designed to tackle the bottlenecks in the national haulage system for agricultural products.
The model is currently undergoing a comprehensive and rigorous process of internal testing before its formal deployment.
The Secured Agricultural Commodity Route (SACR) is a targeted, multi-pronged system anchored on a dedicated national transportation network whose objective is to achieve a significant reduction in the prices of agricultural commodities by curbing the astronomical losses that occur post-harvest. The route will cut across the eleven states in the Lakaji corridor including Katsina, Jigawa, Kano, Kaduna, Niger, Kwara, Oyo, Osun, Ogun, Lagos and is expected to take three months to implement starting from August 2018.
Also, central to the model is the partnership of critical actors and target beneficiaries such as Transport Unions (i.e. NURTW, NARTO), Agro Dealers, Produce Aggregators, Retailers, Smallholder Farmers, Logistic service providers, State and Local Governments, etc.
To ensure timely and effective implementation, NIRSAL will seek to collaborate with the following MDAs and organisations: the Joint Tax Board (JTB), Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON), Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), Federal Ministry of Industry Trade and Investment (FMITI), Federal Produce Inspectorate Services (FPIS), Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Services (NAQS), Nigeria Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC), Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority (NEPZA), Nigeria Export Promotion Council (NEPC), Nigeria Police Force (NPF), Nigeria Custom Services (NCS), Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).