Sunday, 18 October 2015


Governor Samuel Ortom 's Agricultural driven Industrialization policy seem to have record a boost as OSTERTRADE ENGINEERING AND MANUFACTURING, an Italian based firm today announced to Benue farmers that they will soon commence production at the Tomato and mango processing company located at wanune, the headquarters of Tarka local Government.

Giono Biancki, the chairman /chief Executive OSTERTRADE, made the declaration while speaking at an interactive session between Benue farmers and his company. He said his company have completed dew diligence on the plant and is set to start production in a shortest possible time.

Earlier in her welcome address, the caretaker chairman Tarka local Government Hon. Mrs.Pheobe Ngunan Akoom Dajoh appreciated the Executive Governor of Benue State, His Excellency, Dr Samuel Ortom for choosing to kick start the Agricultural driven Industrialization policy in her local Government. She said, the intention for establishing the company by the former Governor, Distinguished Sen. George Akume was to provide market for Benue farmers who are frustrated dew to wastages of their produce adding that she was happy a dawn has come for the farmers.
Mrs. Dajoh, expressed happiness that there will be job opportunities for the youths and assured the investors of the community cooperation to safeguard their Investment. She requested the company to ensure that their waste disposal Meets international best practice and appreciated the Hon. Commissioner for Industry, Trade and Investment with officials of his Ministry for midwifing the take - off.

The Commissioner for Industry, Trade and Investment Dr. Tersoo Kpelai, on his part expressed profound gratitude to God for granting him the oppurtunity to witness the historic occassion. He said "His Excellency, Dr Samuel Ortom's administration is focused on Agricultural driven Industrialization and the programme is carefully designed an written in a blueprint known as OUR COLLECTIVE VISION FOR A NEW BENUE".

He said, Benue State operates an Agrarian economy as 80%of the State population is made up of farmers but enumerated processing and storage of farm outputs as the major challenges saying, the challenges have given rise to post harvest loses especially in tomatoes, mango and oranges among others.
Dr. Kpelai said, it is in line with the challenges that the present administration is set to partner with investors especially those in the areas of food processing, storage, packaging and export to create a value Chain where farmers and earn-users will benefit maximally and make meaningful gains adding it will create inclusive Economic growth capable of generating jobs and creating wealth for unemployed people in Benue State.

He commended OSTERTRADE for agreeing to put up an out grower scheme for Tomato farmers in the State saying the promise made by the company to supply improved seedlings, tractors and other farm inputs to tomato producers in the State is unprecedented as it will significantly improve farm yields and income of farmers in the State.
He assured OSTERTRADE of Government incentives such as land, ease business registration and tax reliefs and called on Benue farmers to take advantage of the Alliance provided by OSTERTRADE and the State Government to engage in aggressive farming activities.

Other dignitaries who spoke include, Buruku local Government caretaker chairman Godwin Iorsue, acting Ter Tarka zaki Gbor Abigh, Elder Toryima Orga, elder Ave, who spoke for Tiv farmers and Mathias Emmanuel Ugbogo for Idoma farmers. The occassion was attended by advisor to the Governor on Economic And Investment, Bem Melladu, Ukum local Government Deputy chairman, Levi sase, Traditional rulers, council members, the clergy and farmers in the three senatorial Zones of the State.

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