18 March 2021 by Bilkisu Kambai
Denmark is to Support Plateau State Government to revive the Jos International Breweries (JIB) and the Brewery Agro and Research Company, BARC
The Ambassador of Denmark to Nigeria, Jesper Kamp gave the indication when he received Governor Simon Bako Lalong at the Danish Embassy in Abuja.
Kamp expressed his country’s desire to work with Plateau State Government towards reviving the Jos International Breweries (JIB) and Brewery Agro and Research Company (BARC FARMS).
He said his Mission was to facilitate the interface between Plateau State and Danish investors who had experience in agriculture, Brewery and manufacturing among others.
The Ambassador said, Danish investors were involved in setting up JIB and BARC Farms which attained national and international recognition many years ago, hence the need to join hands with the State Government to revive the two companies for Job creation.
On livestock business and dairy production, the Ambassador said his country had enormous expertise in modern ranching practices which it would share with Nigeria through an MOU that was signed between the two countries.
Jesper said his Mission was to join hands with Plateau State Government towards actualising the National Livestock Transformation Program.
The Danish Ambassador said, having done a pilot ranching program in Kaduna State, the next destination is Plateau where the weather, land, and other incentives are conducive for livestock and dairy business.
Speaking, Governor Lalong told the Ambassador that his visit was primarily to seek collaboration for revival of the two companies which have huge potential for job creation and poverty alleviation.
Lalong said the State Government acquired BARC Farms which was sold many years ago and still maintained majority shares in JIB.
He said the Government has also provided the basic infrastructure, security and incentives for investors, and is willing to go into public private partnership where necessary to boost the economy of the State.
The Governor further expressed excitement over the possibility of Danish companies keying into the National Livestock Transformation Program which will soon take off in Kanam and Wase Local Government Areas.
Lalong was accompanied on the visit by the Managing Director of the Plateau Investment and Property Development Company, Mr. Chrysogonus Yilzak.