Benue State

Benue State (The Food Basket of The Nation)

 

Executive Governor Samuel Ortom

 

Engineer Benson Abounu

 

 

Creation: February 3, 1976.

Capital: Makurdi.

Major Cities: Makurdi, Gboko Otukpo, Katsina-Ala, Zaki-Biam, Ukum and Adikpo.

Geographic Location: Its geographic coordinates are longitude 7° 47’ and 10° 0’ East. Latitude 6° 25’ and 8° 8’ north; and shares boundaries with five other states namely: Nassarawa to the north, Taraba to the east, Cross-River to the south, Enugu to the south-west and Kogi to the west. The State also shares a common boundary with the Republic of Cameroun on the south-east.

Economic Profile: Its major agricultural produce include yam, rice, beans, cassava, potatoes, maize, soya beans, sorghum, millet and cocoyam. The state also accounts for over 70% of Nigeria's soya beans production.

Occupation:The major occupation of the people is farming.

Ethnic Profile: Tiv, Idoma, Igede, Etulo, Abakpa, Jukun, Hausa, Akweya and Nyifon. The Tiv are the dominant ethnic group, occupying fourteen (14) local government areas, while the Idoma and Igede occupy the remaining nine local government areas.

Local Government Areas (LGAs): Ado, Agatu, Apa, Buruku, Gboko, Guma, Gwer East, Gwer West, Katsina-Ala,Konshisha, Kwande, Logo,Makurdi, Obi,Ogbadibo, Ohimini,Oju,Okpokwu,Otukpo,Tarka,Ukum,Ushongo,Vandeikya

 

Raw Materials Distribution in Benue State 

BENUE STATE

S/N

LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA

MINERAL RAW MATERIALS

AGRO RAW MATERIALS

1

ADO

Limestone, Brine (Salt Solution), Lead/Zinc, Feldspar

Yam, Cassava, Rice, Maize, Sorghum, Soyabeans, Fruits, Mango, Vegetable, Chilies, Pepper, Livestock.

2

AGATU

Silica Sand, Clay, Coal

Yam, Cassava, Rice, Maize, Sorghum, Fruits, Vegetable, Beniseed, Chilies, Pepper, Livestock.

 

3

APA

limestone, Gypsum, Kaolin, Anhydrite, Calcium, Sulphate, Clays, Bentonite

Yam, Cassava, Sorghum, Maize, Rice, Vegetable, Beniseed, Fruits, Mango, Palm Produce, Spices, Fishery, Livestock

4

BURUKU

Glass Sand, Ball Clay, Baryte

Yam, Cassava, Rice, Maize, Beniseed, Sorghum, Fruits, Mango, Vegetable, Cashew Nuts, Groundnuts

5

GBOKO

Limestone, Glass Sand, Barytes, Brine (Salt solution), Lead/Zinc

Yam, Cassava, Maize, Fruits, Mango, Sorghum, Soyabeans, Millet, Spices, Vegetable.

 

6

GUMA

Limestone, Glass sand, Barytes, Brine (Salt Solution)

Yam, Rice, Cassava, Sorghum, Maize, Soyabeans, Millet, Fruits, Vegetable, Mango, Spices, Tomatoes, Livestock

7

GWER EAST

Barytes, Gypsum, Brine (Salt Solution)

Yam, Rice, Cassava, Sorghum, Maize, Soyabeans, Millet, Fruits, Vegetable, Mango, Spices, Livestock.

 

8

GWER WEST

Clay, Crude, Gypsum

Yam, Cassava, Rice, Sorghum, Millet, Maize, Soyabeans, Fruits, Vegetable, Spices, Livestock.

 

9

KATSINA – ALA

Glass Sand, Limestone, Flourspar, Brine (Salt Solution), Lead/Zinc

Yam, Cassava, Maize, Rice, fishery, Sugarcane, Beniseed, Sheanut, Mango, Fruits, Vegetable, Spices, Cashew Nuts, Livestock

10

KONSHISHA

Limestone, Gypsum, Lead/Zinc

Yam, Cassava, Rice, Soyabeans, Sorghum, Beniseed, Citrus Fruits, Livestock, sugarcane.

 

11

KWANDE

Gemstone

Yam, Cassava, Soyabeans, Mango, Rice, Sorghum, Palm Produce, Fruits, Vegetable, Livestock, Groundnuts

12

LOGO

Silica Sand, Baryte

Yam, Cassava, Rice, Sorghum, Soyabeans, Spices, Millet, Fruits, Vegetable, Livestock, Mango, Tomatoes

13

MAKURD

Glass Sand, Ball Clay, Barytes, Mica

Yam, Cassava, Rice, Groundnut, Sorghum, Fruits, Maize, Tomatoes, Vegetable, Livestock.

 

14

OBI

Ball Clay, Kaolin, Magnetite, Ilmenite

Beniseed, Cassava, Groundnut, Locust Bean, Melon, Rice, Maize, Sorghum, Yam, Citrus Fruit, Millet, Livestock

15

OGBADIBO

Coal, Kaolin, Wolframite, Ball Clay

Cassava, Cocoyam, Citrus Fruits, Maize, Palm Produce, Rice, Yam, Kolanut, Spices, Livestock.

 

16

OJU

Ilmenite, Magnetite, Bauxite

Cassava, Palm Produce, Maize, Rice, Millet, Soyabeans, Beniseed, Locust Beans, Livestock.

 

17

OHIMINI

Ball Clay, Bentonite, Bauxite

Cassava, Yam, Millet, Sorghum, Rice, Citrus Fruits, Palm Produce, Vegetable, Livestock.

 

18

OKPOKWU

Coal, Shale, Ball Clay

Cassava, Yam, Sheanut, Rice, Palm Produce, Fruits, Kolanut, Beniseed, Maize, Sorghum, Livestock.

19

OTUKPO

Coal, Kaolin, Bentonite, Bauxite, Ball Clay, Wolframite

Yam, Cassava, Rice, Millet, Maize, Soyabeans, Palm Produce, Melon, Beniseed, Guinea corn, Pepper, Spices, Vegetable, Livestock

20

TARKA

Limestone, Barytes

Yam, Cassava, Soyabeans, Groundnut, Guinea Corn, Sheanut, Livestock

21

UKUM

Ball Clay, Limestone, Lead/Zinc

Beniseed, Yam, Cassava, Millet, Sorghum, Fruits, Rice, Maize, Sheanut, Vegetable, Livestock.

22

USHONGO

Baryte, Lead/zinc, Brenite

Beniseed, Beans, Soyabeans, Groundnuts, Sorghum, Cassava, Yam, Rice, Millet, Citrus Fruits, Vegetable, Livestock.

23

VANDEIKYA

 

Yam, Cassava, Maize, Rice, Sorghum, Groundnut, Fruits, Vegetable

 

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