Ortom solicits Benue-UK partnership for agric value chain development

Nigerian Concord Newspaper

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has solicited the partnership of the United Kingdom and Benue State for the development of agriculture and the entire agric value chain.

Governor Ortom spoke Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at the Benue Peoples House Makurdi during a courtesy visit on him by Head of Governance and Security, British High Commission, Sam Waldock.

He stated that Benue is endowed with fertile arable land for the production of crops, tubers, fruits bearing trees, vegetables among others.

The Governor expressed hope that the visit will facilitate the creation of a Benue-UK Economic Partnership to develop agriculture in order to strengthen security and livelihood support in the state.

He stated that in order to add value to agricultural value chain development, his administration constructed Sesame cleaning plants, Orange cleaning and packaging plants, Soya beans cleaning plant and Garri processing plants in various parts of the state.

Governor Ortom also called on the UK government to push for more donor support to displaced persons in the North Central states and establishment of a North Central Development Commission, NCDC.

The Governor also solicited the partnership of the UK government towards assisting in the resettlement of displaced persons and the humanitarian crisis in the state.

On security, Governor Ortom told the British High Commission officials that his administration is willing to partner the British Government towards improving security around farming communities and to intensify peace building initiatives.

Earlier, head of government at the British High Commission, Sam Waldock said his visit was to sympathize with people of the state over security challenges and to see how the British High Commission can partner for the good of the state.