The oil reach state of Bayelsa Southern Nigeria is set to hold a food fair to promote the agriculture potentials of the state and expose the youths of the state to the gains of Agriculture.
The President of the Ijaw Youth Council (worldwide) Comrade Udengs Eradiri stated this in an interview with newsmen in Yenagoa the Bayelsa State capital at the Town Hall meeting with agriculture stakeholders.
He said foods are grown in Bayelsa State and the Niger-Delta region with little or no interference from science, farm products ranging from Aquaculture, tubers and poultry are all grown naturally in Bayelsa.
“The food fair is an avenue for the world to come and see what we can produce in the Niger-Delta region and avail an opportunity for the Government to tap into to resolve youth restiveness, this I think is a sure way for government to engage the young people”
“Look at the entire environment if you have fish farms or plantain plantations here it will avail the opportunity to directly engage young people,” he said
Comrade Eradiri said the Government needs to start investing in storage and processing facilities as “most farm produce are perishables and it is capital intensive for individuals to go into such business”.
He further stated that the government should use agriculture not just for feeding the people but to create jobs and boost the economic conditions of Nigerians.
He said the Ijaw Youth Council is seeking opportunities to partner with the government on ways to engage the Niger-Delta youths.
He therefore advised the government to look into revisiting the Brass fertilizer project as it will not only make fertilizer easily accessible to farmers but will create instant jobs for the teeming youth in the region and the entire country.