In partnership with Gezira Scheme Management and the Gezira Initiative for Development and Change, Sudan has announced a new phase in the export of its agricultural products to Europe.
Sudan began exporting okra crop to Italy according to European specifications, with two tons per day.
Export of smooth-skinned okra to Italy began, Saturday, from the inspection point at Wad-en-Nau in the central sector of Gezira Scheme in midland Sudan.
The move is a partnership between the project management and the Gezira Initiative for Development and Change (GIDC).
Abdullah Awad Es-Sayed, the professor at Gezira University’s Horticultural Exports Institute, said the Initiative aims to plant 20,000 acres of okra, 10,000 acres of garlic and 10 acres of watermelon for export.
On her part, Abir en-Nazir, assistant professor at the Gezira University, said in remarks quoted by the Sudanese News Agency (SUNA), that the total areas of the smooth okra for the export in the Inspection Point mounts to 17,000 acres.
She explained that production averaged 4 tons per acre, and that the first export shipment amounted to 2 tons of smooth okra to Italy.
En-Nazir confirmed that exports continued to increase by two tons a day.
She said the partnership between Gezira Scheme and the GIDC aims to develop/promote the horticultural crops at Gezira Scheme for export.
The Gezira Scheme used to be the mainstay of the Sudanese economy before the Islamist regime led by ousted Omar al-Bashir seized power.
Sudan enjoys millions of acres of agricultural land suitable for various types of irrigation.
The Islamist regime in Sudan relied on oil revenues to achieve unreal economic growth.
Sudan’s economic crises worsened following the 2011 secession of oil-rich South Sudan and the loss of three quarters of the country’s oil revenues.
Economists blame the ousted government of al-Bashir for the current “economic collapse.”
That was due to Sudan’s heavy dependence on oil revenues and its adoption of fiscal and economic policies that have led to the destruction of the productive sectors (agriculture, industry and livestock).
In addition to reducing spending on health and education, which led to continued deterioration in human development indicators.
Experts estimate Sudan’s oil export revenues before the south’s secession at $90 billion, which has been squandered in corruption, political, administrative, security and consumer spending, while deliberately neglecting production.