Investment giant, Dangote Group, has discussed with Plateau State government the idea of acquiring land in the state for the purpose of cultivating wheat, which is the major raw material needed by Dangote for its manufacturing companies in Nigeria.
The idea to cultivate wheat in Jos by Dangote is to source the raw material locally and to save the investor the rigour and huge cost of importing it (wheat) from Europe.
Plateau State Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Hon. Ezekiel Danju, disclosed this in his office at the Joseph Gomwalk Secretariat, Jos.
According to Daju, “One of the economic potential of Plateau State is suitable land and favourable weather for the cultivation of wheat. That was why we paid an official visit to the corporate headquarters of Dangote Group in Lagos recently where we had a very cordial discussion on mutual benefit for the state and Dangote to venture into wheat cultivation.
“We have prepared agricultural land known as Barc Farm. It contained at least 4,000 hectares of land. It was sold out by the past administration but we have just re-acquired it for our use.
“The advantage of sourcing raw materials locally is that it will reduce capital flight, create jobs, reduce the cost of production of noodles and as well reduce the cost price of manufacture products.”
The commissioner continued: “Dangote is also interested in establishing processing industries in Plateau State for the processing of tomato into paste. He is likely to also venture into mining.
So, we have a lot to do with Dangote so as to realise the hope of this administration to industrialise the state.”