Abuja - The Rivers State Government has
encouraged organisations and entrepreneurs to take advantage of the favourable
environment in the state and invest in mechanized agriculture.
Officials said this would boost economic empowerment and
enhance employment generation.
Deputy Governor, Ipalibo Banigo, stated the just-held
Green River Project (GRP) and 19th Farmers Day Celebration at the Plant
Propagation Centre, Obiafu-Obrikom, in Ogba and Egbema-Ndoni Local Government
Area of the state
Banigo said the dwindling fortunes of oil in the
international markets had made agriculture the most viable alternative source
of revenue generation.
Rivers is the country's prime oil producer.
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She meanwhile said Agip Oil Company, through its Green
River Project, had contributed immensely towards the development of agriculture
in the state by sustaining the programme for 19 years running.
She noted that the State Government had seen a willing
partner in the furtherance of its agricultural revolution agenda emphasizing
that the State Government would continue to support NAOC in its drive to
improve the lives of farmers in the state.
Banigo explained the present administration would
prioritise agricultural development as farmers would be granted soft loans and
provided with improved seedlings to enhance food production.
Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Nigerian Agip
Company Limited Massimo Insulla, said the Farmers Day had been aligned with the
International Exhibition, Expo Milano 2015, holding in Milan, Italy.
The expo is expected to attract about 20 million visitors
from over 140 countries. - CAJ News
- CAJ News