The Agricultural sector in Bayelsa state would receive a boost in showcasing agric produce to the outside world comes December 2016.
The food fair exhibition coming under the courtesy of All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) , Bayelsa chapter, Bayelsa Women Entrepreneurs Association, in collaboration with Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) and other corporate bodies is expected to spur farmers in the state to queue into existing markets to create new ones.
The president of Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), Comrade Eradiri Udengs disclosed this when the Bayelsa Women Entrepreneurs Association and other stakeholders of the agric sector paid him a courtesy visit in his office in Yenagoa.
Comrade Eradiri pointed out that the food fair can change the face of farming for the benefit of not only Bayelsans but also others in the Niger Delta region as a whole.
He said that it is high time the state government should put in place an enduring agric policy and incentives that would encourage Bayelsa youths to go into agriculture.
According him, the state need to change the orientation of its youths because they believe that agriculture does not bring quick money, adding that it is only aged people that are doing farm work in the villages. To this end, he said, concerted efforts should be made to attract youths into agriculture.
Furthermore, he’s of the view that agriculture is the panacea for Bayelsa development as Bayelsa state is the centre stage of agricultural produce in the country following its fertile land in the region, saying that famers should be empowered towards sustainable development in the state.
He’s optimistic that when the state Cargo International Airport come on in stream, planes landing with goods would equally export agricultural produce to the outside world.
He therefore suggested for synergy with interest groups to accelerate the development of the agricultural sector of the economy with a view to move the state forward.
Earlier, the state coordinator of BWEA, Pastor (Mrs.) Peace Oruana told Comrade Udengs that the courtesy visit was to rub minds with the IYC leadership in order to give hope to Bayelsans and the Ijaw nation.
According to her, BWEA is the apex body of women engaged in small and medium scale enterprise activities in the state, adding that the organization has contributed towards job creation, poverty reduction and increase family income.