The Federal Government has awarded Bennie Agro Nigeria Ltd as the best Small and Medium Scale Enterprise in the country.

The agricultural machine fabricating and food processing company owned by the manufacturer of the first made in Nigeria tractor, Jerry Isaac Mallo won the 2018 award out of many other nominees.

Mr. Mallo, 27, who started machines fabrication at the age of 16 during his highschool took home a cheque of N1,000,000.00 for the award.

Accompanied at the award ceremony at the Presidential villa, Abuja by the Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong and some officials of the State Microfinance Development Agency, Mr. Mallo dedicated the award to his customers and teeming supporters. 

Jerry wrote on his Bennie Agro Facebook page: "We appreciate the Federal Government of Nigeria for recognising, encouraging and awarding MSMEs.

"We appreciate the support and patronage of our customers and fans who propagated the word out of all the amazing work we do at Bennie Agro. 

"This award is dedicated to team bennie, Plateau State Govt, our stakeholders and all Nigerian youth out there working hard to get this country to the next level in innovation, private sector investment, agriculture and etc. in a bid to diversify Nigeria's Economy."

The award ceremony according to Gov. Simon Lalong was a "very proud" moment for Plateau State and him in particular. 

"Our dear State received an award through one of our indigenous SME's, as the Best in the Country," Lalong wrote on his Facebook page.

He expressed pride in Jerry Mallo's Bennie Agro Big. Ltd which he views as turning around the socioeconomic image of the state.

He said, "I am utterly proud of Bennie Ventures (recipient of the award) and the work the rescue administration is doing through PLASMIDA and other agencies to encourage small and medium enterprises in the state.

"Gone are the days of Plateau being called a "Civil Service" state when we have young men and women who are very industrious and innovative like this gentleman here.

*Congratulations Bennie Ventures!

"Congratulations Plateau!!"