By Sunusi Bature
The British High Commissioner to Nigeria Miss Catriona Laing led a powerful delegation of United Kingdom officials on a strategic partnership visit to Dantata Foods and Allied Products Limited.
Catriona was in Kano to strengthen UK government’s relationship with government and private investors to promote business and economic ties between the two countries through the organized private sector.
The visit was a follow up to the just concluded UK-Africa Business and Investment Summit held January 2020 in London, United Kingdom.
She said UK government becomes more interested in promoting Agribusiness in Nigeria to ensure sustainable land usage as the country is endowed with excellent land resources that can benefit many countries across the globe through food production, processing and packaging.
“We will provide the necessary enabling environment and facilitate investment opportunities in agribusiness to promote bio-economy, address challenges of climate change and food security” she said
Miss. Catriona also pleaded for more attention by the industrialist on the United Kindom’s markets for Nigerian processed foods.
Addressing the visiting team, Alh. Tajuddeen Aminu Dantata, Chairman of Dantata conglomerate, which includes Dantata Foods and Allied Products Limited, Thumos Dantata Agriculture Limited and D’ Afric Global Resources Limited, said curtailing the menace of food insecurity, abject poverty and effects of climate change through agriculture for economic growth was the driving force for thier concerted efforts to invest in food value chain.
” Our renewed commitment is to provide jobs and food sufficiency in Nigeria and beyond, we will soon be servicing the Middle East and European markets in addition to other African countries that were already engaged”
Alh. Tajuddeen Dantata reiterated commitment to creating more investment in food and agro-allied sub-sector of the economy to support the global drive for food sufficiency.
He said Nigeria has all the potentials to feed a significant per cent of world population if the available land resources are carefully and strategically utilized.
The Dantata Company, British Department for International Development (DFID) and the British High Commission to Nigeria agreed to work together on promoting agribusiness in Nigeria as the only catalyst to attaining food security, addressing challenges of climate change and reaching a sustainable economic growth.
Sanusi Ahmad Bature
General Manager Corporate Services
Datata Foods and Allied Products Limited