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Govt flags off dry season farming, targets 4,000 jobs

Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri,
Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri,

Bayelsa State Governor Douye Diri has flagged off the dry season farming in the state, with a call on people of the state to invest in farming in order to boost food production and diversify the economy. 

Governor Diri, during the flag off at Otuasega community in Ogbia Local Government Area of the state, said his administration has prioritised agricultural development to diversify the state’s economy and ensure food security.

Diri, who was joined during the flag off by his Akwa Ibom State counterpart, Udom Emmanuel, said his government was focusing on rice, cassava, banana, yam, maize, plantain and fisheries production and exploring the processing and marketing of the entire value chain.

He also stated that the government had signed a memorandum of understanding with a consortium of companies under the African Atlantic Gulf of Guinea Fisheries Limited.

He said the deal when operational would generate 4,000 jobs, train 2,500 youths in fish farming and establish a boat building yard as well as fish processing plant of over 20,000 metric tonnes capacity.

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