John Shiaondo, Makurdi
Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has appealed to the Bill Gates Foundation to consider the whole value chain in its approach to promote the cultivation of cassava and rice in the state.
He made the appeal when he received a delegation from Synergos Institute led by Adewale Ajabi on behalf of the foundation.
The Governor who expressed the willingness of the state to partner with viable investors and create the enabling environment of investments to thrive pointed out that unless attention was given to the whole value chain the cassava produced would be wasted at the end of the day.
“It is my desire to partner with invested interested to come to the state by created a favourable environment for those willing to come to the state,” he noted.
Earlier Mr. Ajabi had disclosed that the foundation was willing to collaborate with the state government to assist in cassava and rice process- ing.
He said the objective was to assist farmer to get value for their pro- duce and to boost the economy of the state.