Being the one-stop shop for foreign and local investment in Sokoto, SICL is mandated to guarantee ease of setting up an agro business in Sokoto. And also to attract private sector capital to improve infrastructure for processing agricultural produce. With the goal of putting Sokoto on the global map as a major exporter of cash crops such as sorghum, wheat, hides and cotton.
With an estimated land mass of around 25,000 square kilometers, Sokoto has an abundance of fertile land space for agricultural development. There is also a wealth of agricultural expertise and labor as eighty percent (80%) of the inhabitants of Sokoto practice one form of agriculture or another. Crops such as millet, guinea corn, maize, rice, cassava, groundnuts, beans, sugar cane, wheat, cotton, sorghum are grown in commercial quantity. Sokoto’s staple crops are mainly grown is the floodplains of the Sokoto-Rima river which is covered in rich alluvial soil.
Sokoto’s livestock ranks second in the Nigeria, with a population of well over six million.
Formal international trade in leather and leather goods is estimated at over US$ 50 billion a year and the market is far from saturated. In the next decade, the demand for leather raw materials (hides) and finished products may exceed supply, making the leather industry one of the most lucrative business sectors in the years to come.
Leather works is one of the businesses in which Sokoto State has comparative advantage, because of the quality of hides and skin found in the Sokoto. There is also the unequaled prowess of skilled artisans, dating back generations. Some major animal skin distributors and leather processing businesses are based in Wurno and Tudun Wada in Sokoto south local Government area. Animal skin processing is a craft that has been perfected and passed down by Sokoto’s great artisans. Some of the finest animal skin (leather) products are made in Sokoto, like the famous Moroccan and Red Goat leather which is made from hides sourced from Sokoto State. SICL is opening up Sokoto’s animal skin and hides industry to foreign capital and partnerships