Thursday, 27 August 2015

‘More than 70 Percent of #Benue Foods are Wasting’

[Benue News]
With Benue State being one of the biggest agricultural hub of the nation and provider of fruits and foods, the Deputy Governor of the state, Mr. Benson Abounu, has raised the alarm that more than 70 per cent of its produce are wasting, as only 30 per cent were being consumed by the residents.

Abounu, who spoke at the opening ceremony of a three-day India Show in Lagos, tagged: ‘Building Relationships to Nurture Growth Between India and Nigeria’ said the state must to take advantage of the high number of agricultural produce by setting up factories that would process these foods into forms that can aid their preservation all year round for the state and in turn distribute to the rest of the country.

Calling on investors to take advantage of this and invest in the agricultural sector of the state, he said the government was willing to give both foreign and local investors the enabling environment to do business, adding that acres of lands were available for potential investors.

He specifically called on the Indian community in Nigeria to visit the state and tap into various opportunities that abound there.
“Outside our agricultural sector, our health and educational sector also needs to be tapped into,” he noted.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. Idiat Adebule, has said Indian investors should take advantage of its population and do business with the state. “investing in Lagos will not only offer investor acceptability but also reward their hard work,” she said.

On his part, the India High Commissioner to Nigeria Mr. AR Ghanashyam said Indians in Nigeria have continued to enjoy the hospitality of its host and the enabling environment to do business, adding that it was essential that Nigeria and India continue to work together, not just for the progress of the two countries, but for the rest of the world as well.

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