Imoke Promises To Work With Investors in Cross River

The Governor Senator, Liyel Imoke, has said his administration will continue to work with investors in the State to ensure farm produce are processed into finished goods for the benefits of Cross Riverians.
Senator Imoke, who stated this when the Chairman, Wilmar International, Mr. Khoon Hong and his team visited him in Calabar, posited that such companies will be motivated to set up refineries and factories in the State.
He averred that Wilmar International, globally-renowned for agricultural development has the resources, capacity and commensurate experience to provide opportunities for the people in employment, training, technology transfer and small scale enterprises scheme.
The Governor encouraged Wilmar to diversify into rice cultivation and related investment, adding that the State will tap into the valued skills of the agricultural coursortium to enhance the quality of its plantations and revolutionize agriculture.
Speaking earlier, the Chairman of Wilmar International disclosed that the company resolved to invest in the State sequel to the favourable conditions and ideal investment climate put in place by the Liyel Imoke administration, stating that it will continue to expand its existing investment base to other sectors in a manner that will place the people as ultimate beneficiary.
The agriculture development expert decried the poor quality plantation culture in most parts of Africa and promised to not only upgrade the quality of estates, but invest in high seed cultivation and the downstream sector of the economy.
In his remarks, the Managing Director, Wilmar International West Africa, Mr. Santosh Pillai, said his company keeps setting targets in investments in line with Government specification, noting that the Calaro and Ibiae oil palm estates are being expanded while efforts are underway to establish oil mills.
The Special Adviser on Investment Promotion, Mr. Gerald Adah mentioned that Government will continue to sustain a friendly investment climate and provide support to investors as part of its commitments at creating wealth and employment opportunities for the citizenry.

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