President Muhammadu Buhari said that the Federal Government would establish six crop processing zones in the country to enhance food security and economic development.
Buhari made this known when he presented the 2018 budget proposal before the National Assembly in Abuja.
According to the President, the initiative will help to develop infrastructure for the production, processing and storage of strategic commodities.
He said the project would focus on backward integration for grains, horticulture, livestock, fisheries and sugar as well as exportable commodities such as cocoa, cassava and oil palms.
He said that there had been increased investment in the agro-inputs manufacturing sector such as fertilizers, adding that his administration was determined to protect those investments and encourage new ones.