From Rashidat AbdulRahman, Minna
The Niger State Government has restated its commitment to boost food production in the state through the establishment of a food processing company.
Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Alhaji Abubakar Usman disclosed this at the stakeholders’ meeting on Bobi Grazing Reserve held in his Office.
Alhaji Usman revealed that the setting up of the company would unlock the immense potential of the livestock industry, attract investments, and promote job creation in the state.
According to the SSG, “Food processing company will aggregate; process and package farm produce to create business activities, boost farming and improve food security”.
He further explained that the present administration’s commitment to agriculture is very strategic knowing fully that the sector is the only sure way to food security, employment generation, and raw materials for industrialization, hence the need for the government to reach out to every opportunity in order to achieve the set objectives and goals.
The SSG reiterated that government is committed to actualizing Bobi Grazing Reserve located in Mariga and Mashegu Local Government Areas of the state despite bandits incursion.
Alhaji Usman assured of government’s commitment and determination to put in place high-level security measures that will safeguard the reserve and private sector investments.
The SSG received updates from the Consultant of the Reserve who is also the Emir of Muri, Alhaji Abbas Tafida, officials from CBN, Friesland Campina Wamco, Chi Limited, Hail Consortium, Neon Dairies Plc, and Iris Dairies.