In a bid to showcase its agricultural potentials and promote farm produce cultivated in the state, the government in Bayelsa says it will soon organize an agricultural exhibition.
The State Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Chief David Alagoa who disclosed this, said his Ministry has concluded the selection process of various agricultural produce from farmers in the state ahead of the exhibition.
According to him, the selection covered items such as palm oil, fisheries, cassava, plantain, rice, juice, sugarcane, beans flour, sweet potato flour, crabs, mushrooms and others processed and produced by registered companies.
He explained that the selection process was carried out to understand the value chain of each product in areas of packaging and production, in order to promote synergy that will bring to limelight, the agricultural capacity in the state.
Alagoa also announced the proposed monthly market for farmers in the state, to give them an avenue to sell their products.
“The essence here is to bring everybody together, let us see what there is, and hopefully bring everybody to synergize. We really need to show the world that there is a lot of capacity in Bayelsa.
“For example, in the area of hides and skin, you saw the man, he’s an alligator farmer and no one will think that kind of thing is in Bayelsa but it is, this is what it is about.
“Come and tell us, let the world know that this kind of potential is there. All these will end up in the exhibition in the next two or three weeks”.
He also noted that the government will look into some of the challenges facing farmers in the state, and urged them to work on the standard of their products especially in packaging and production.
He further said:
“You know like I told them there are huge challenges, financial challenges, some of them have structure challenges, some of them have challenges with money, capacity, offices, location, and more exposure.
“Like I said, I’m hoping also that as a government we will be able to identify the serious ones among them and who knows what kind of packaging we could put together.
“Hopefully as we progress a lot of these challenges will be tackled and perhaps even solved”.
Some farmers whose produce and businesses were selected and shortlisted for the exhibition expressed gratitude to the government for making such a platform possible.
A participant, Mr. Ngo Akpoebi appreciated the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources for giving them the opportunity to grow their businesses.
He said: “I want to thank the Prosperity Government of Senator Douye Diri for bringing out Bayelsans to show that Bayelsans have capacity and enablement.
“This palm oil was produced here in Bayelsa State. We also have the sachet oil and the quality is NAFDAC approved. All this is possible to move us to the next level. Thanks to our Miracle Governor”.
Concluding, he said, this is what governance is all about, coming down to the grassroots and moving the grassroots to the next level.