By Martha Agas
Abuja, March 18, 2021 Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau is seeking partnership with the Danish Government towards resuscitating the Jos International Breweries (JIB).
The governor during his visit to the Danish Embassy on Thursday in Abuja, said the gesture would boost economic activities and create jobs for residents of the state.
He said the breweries established in 1975, was set up by Danish company and was a major employer of labour in the state, particularly through its subsidiary, the Brewery Agro Research Company (BARC) farms.
He said the BARC with over 5,000 hectares of land was sold to a private farmer, but reacquired in 2020 as part of efforts to revive the breweries.
“The breweries was set up by the Danish. Jos International Breweries used to be one of the most popular breweries in the country, but along the line, they left but it became comatose but we are trying to revive it, so we need partnership.
“We have even written to the Danish company who started JIB company, so that they can come back and see the possibility of reviving the breweries,” he said.
He also said Plateau government was in need of intervention from the Danish government to interface with companies in their country, to help in the implementation of the National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP), to facilitate smooth transition of open cattle grazing to ranching.
“We also mention the issue of other investment such as the Livestock scheme which Plateau is one of the Pilot states in NLTP.
“We are number one in terms of level of preparedness, we have over 100, 000 hectares of land in an area and another 64,000 in another place, for livestock investment.
“We have done everything about the research, documentation and security, and we are one of the states to avoid conflict. We are spending a lot to address grievances among the farmers and the Herdsmen,” he said.
He said the weather of Plateau was conducive for dairy production and cultivation of Irish potatoes which can be exported, urging the Danish government to invest in the venture.
The governor said the state airport was one of the three approved by President Muhammadu Buhari, for international cargo export for agricultural products, and has an inland container port.
He further said the recent rail launched in Port Harcourt would pass through Plateau, adding that the state was endowed with solid minerals which has many investment opportunities.
Responding, the Ambassador of Denmark to Nigeria, Mr Jesper Kamp, said the two projects of setting up breweries and dairy production, was their area of expertise.
He said that Nigeria has a Memorandum of Understanding between the Danish Ministry of Agriculture and the Nigerian Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, on developing dairy capacity.