An Egyptian Company, Tanta Motors, will establish a manufacturing plant producing agricultural equipment in the Nigerian city of Maiduguri (Borno State capital) in partnership with the state government, it was reported on Tuesday in Ahram Arabic-language citing Nigerian newspaper the Guardian.
It is hoped that the establishment of the plant will help revive the agricultural sector. It was also reported that the Egyptian general manager of the company Alaa Abou Freeikha had a meeting with the governor of Borno, Kashim Shettima on Monday. They have agreed to open before the planting season expected to begin in July.
“Our visit today has confirmed to us that there is a big agro-allied market in Borno, which is bordering three countries, including Niger, Cameroon and Chad. The presence of the tributaries of the Lake Chad equally makes Borno a prosperous agricultural state, which our company would like to work closely with,” the Guardian quoted Abou Freeikha as saying on Monday.
Tanta Motors was established in 1950 trading agricultural machines on limited local market in Tanta city (94 km north of Cairo).