Today is Benue State Day at the on-going Lagos International Trade Fair, 2019 and Benue, the food basket of the nation is showcasing its enormous business investment potentials.
Governor Ortom, who was represented by his deputy, Engr Benson Abounu used the opportunity to promote investment opportunities in the state and discuss with some of Nigeria’s top business personalities and organisations on investing in the state.
He told participants and visitors at the 10-day event that with its fertile arable land that can produce any kind of crop, clement weather and a very warm and hospitable people, Benue State is the best destination for investments, particularly in agriculture.
He stated that Benue State is not prepared to lose its status as the food basket of the nation, hence the decision by the government to remove all encumbrances to agricultural development in the state.
He disclosed that the enactment of the anti-open grazing and ranches establishment law was a bold attempt at removing the source of conflict between farmers and herders in the state by confining livestock to ranches in line with best global practice, and allowing crop farmers the chance to till the soil unmolested.
Governor Ortom, who stated that the law was not targeted at any ethnic group in the country, called on anyone who desires to engage in animal husbandry in the state to come and do so, adding however that such a person must be prepared to do so in line with the provisions of the law.
The Lagos International Trade Fair with 3,500 exhibitors and some 500,000 visitors attending is Nigeria’s largest international trade fair. Benue State delegation to the trade fair is led by Commissioner for Industry, Trade and Investment, Barr. Merga Kachina.