Friday, 9 September 2016

NIGERIAN EXPORT PROMOTION COUNCIL SEEK COLLABORATION WITH BIPC IN EXPORT OF AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS


Benue Investment and Property Company Limited, BIPC and Nigerian Export Promotion Council, NEPC have jointly indicated interest to partner and explore export opportunities in the state. This business pact was arrived at when the state controller of NEPC, Mr. E. O. Etim and his Management team visited the Management of BIPC at Benue Investment House Makurdi yesterday.



Mr. Etim said the two organizations seek collaboration in order to explore potential business opportunities available in the state particularly in agro products such as Soyabeans, Seseme Seeds, Yam, Oranges, Mangoes, Palm Oil, Mooshroom et cetera, with a view of exporting the products to other countries. He explained that Benue State has the best quality of yams, oranges and Sesame seeds which is in high demand at off-shore market stating that, the yams which are rated high alongside Ghana yams has a high demand especially in the United Kingdom.

He also stated that by the time these potentials are properly harnessed, it will provide alternative revenue source to the state thereby turning the economic fortunes of the state.

In a remark, the Managing Director of BIPC, Mr. Jack Mulya welcomed Mr. Etim and Management of NEPC but stressed that the pact is a timely one that is aimed at exploring the numerous investment opportunities in the state. He stated the readiness and vision of BIPC to champion investment in Nigeria especially in agriculture assuring that his company will take the opportunity offered by Nigerian Export Promotion Council for the overall benefit of the state.

He further stated that BIPC has already drawn out a road map in targeting three key areas in the agric value chain (Storage/Processing, Agricultural Extension Services and Marketing) stressing that these measures will enhance productivity, curtail wastages during harvest and make farmers enjoy more value for their farm produce.

They concluded that new species of exportable crops such as MD2 and E-ditoria will be introduced to Benue State farmers by organizing a workshop where facilitators from the United Kingdom shall train farmers on the use of these improved crops.


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