The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, on Wednesday led a delegation of United Kingdom officials on a strategic partnership visit to Dantata Foods and Allied Products Limited, in Kano.
A statement signed by the company’s GM Corporate Services, Sanusi Bature, said the visit was to strengthen the UK and Nigerian government relationship and private investors.
According to the statement, the relationship was to promote business and economic ties between the two countries through the organized private sector.
It also noted that the visit was a follow up to the just concluded UK-Africa Business and Investment Summit held January, in London.
In her remarks, Miss Catriona said the UK government is more interested in promoting Agribusiness in Nigeria to ensure sustainable land usage, pointing out that the country is endowed with excellent land resources.
She also stressed that that could 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, the Chairman of Dantata conglomerate, Tajuddeen Dantata, 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 their 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.”
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 two parties therefore 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.