Bayelsa Targets Rice, Cassava Exports In 2014

The Bayelsa Government has massive cultivation of and rice for export as well as boost food production and internally generated revenue base of the .

To this end, the government has acquired a total of 600 hectares of land for the cultivation of improved varieties of in various locations around the State.

The State for Agriculture, Dr. Thomas Commander disclosed this at one of the multiplication farms at Ebedebiri in Sagbama Local Government Area of the State during a media tour of facilities embarked upon by Ministry to mark the one anniversary of Governor Henry Seriake Dickson’s administration.

The essence of the tour, according to the , that the administration using agriculture to drive a programme of diversifying the State’s economy as well as generate employment .

The explained that the cassava cuttings sourced the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture in Ibadan were pest resistance and high yields.

“They are pest resistant and give high yields, and when they grow and we get the stem, these stems will be used to develop a commercial cassava factory.

“The Ebedebiri farm kick starting with 40 hectares in size. This farm meant for multiplication of improved variety of cassava cuttings; these cassavas, the ones you are seeing are improved varieties”.

“The total area will be 600 hectares some of which located at Ebedebiri  and Ofoni and other locations will make up the 600 hectares total size of the  farm for the cassava project.

“It is going to be used for export, we are going to process the cassava  mainly for export, it is going to be a major source of revenue for the State and the Nation.”

Dr. Commander also said that Government is to embark on the quick rehabilitation of the rice farms at Peremabiri, Isampou and Kolo for commercial purposes, adding that, Government will go into partnership with investors Thailand and Malaysia for the rice and oil palm.

According to him, the State Government has concluded plans to install a big palm oil mill for the diversification of oil products such as soap making, pomade, vegetable oil amongst others.


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