The Plateau State Government has announced that it is ready to partner with French companies across the potatoes production value chain.
This was disclosed by Governor Simon Lalong, in a statement released by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Dr Makut Macham, on Monday, in Jos, according to the News Agency of Nigeria.
The statement revealed that the Governor alongside the Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade held meetings recently at the French Embassy to discuss with the Ambassador, Jerome Pasquier, and some investors from France, on areas of investment in potato production and value chain development.
The Governor was optimistic about an earlier meeting to develop the solid minerals industry in the state.
The statement read in part:
“In spite of COVID-19 restrictions, the Ambassador was able to facilitate the visit of the investors from his country, to Plateau to assess areas of investment opportunities in the agricultural sector.
“The Plateau Investment and Economic Summit, scheduled for September, is expected to further unlock the economic potentialities of the state and woo investors to establish their businesses in Plateau and creating job opportunities for residents.”
The French Ambassador disclosed that French investors visited Nigeria to access opportunities in potatoes farming, preservation and marketing, adding that other areas they would look at include investment opportunities for exotic crops and flowers that were in high demand globally.
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Nairametrics reported last month that the Plateau State Value Chain Support Project disclosed that the capacity of potatoes production by farmers in the state has hit 960,000 metric tons annually.