Governor Liyel Imoke of Cross River State has commended Dansa Agro Allied Products Limited for the Corporate Social Responsibility(CSR) projects it carried out for its host communities in the state, saying that the company had invested billions of naira to boost the agricultural sector within Akampka Local Government Area.
The Governor who spoke at the official opening of the Ibe bridge, built by the company to link the host communities and the farm at Isoba-Oban, Akampka Local Government in Cross River State, said Dansa Agro Allied Products Limited has raised the bar in CSR as it singlehandedly built the bridge and distributed a total of eighty thousand high yield oil palm seedlings to the host communities including Oban, Okarara, Ekong Anaku, Neghe, and Ekpene Eki communities.
Imoke described Dansa Agro Allied Products ltd as the ideal investor every State Government is searching for as the company is also building a fruit juice manufacturing plant inside its vast pineapple plantation in Oban, Cross River State.
He said the company is a full integrated investor who has planted a vast pineapple plantation, built a bridge to link farms, plantations and host communities,is building a pineapple concentrate factory in the farm and distributed oil palm seedlings to the host communities.
He charged the host communities to derive the multiple benefits accruing from the presence of Dansa Agro Allied Products ltd by cultivating the oil palm seedlings and selling the products to the company for processing as well as training their children to gain meaningful employment in the company.
He said that Dansa Agro Allied Products ltd’s distribution of oil palm seedlings to the host communities is inline with his Government’s drive to empower rural dwellers to embrace Agriculture as means of livelihood.
Chairman, Dansa Agro Allied Products, Sani Dangote speaking at the event said the company will give more oil palm seedlings to the communities in the coming years as to have more out growers who will supply the company will raw materials for processing.
He explained that Dansa is planting five trees for every tree cut down during the clearing process as to reforest the pineapple plantation. According to him, the company is establishing beehives to promote cross pollination, produce honey and stabilise the ecosystem.
He said that Dansa will build a housing estate comprising of houses for staff working within the plantation,schools, mini market and a five star hotel within the farm complex. According to him, the farm and plantation is designed to attract eco tourists hence the plans for a five star hotel.
Commissioner for Agriculture, Cross River State in his remarks commended Dansa Agro Allied Products Ltd for empowering the host communities. The company he said is a worthy partner in integrated rural development and expressed his ministry’s willingness to partner with Dansa.