Rivers says trawlers have recovered to boost agriculture – Businessamlive
… As panelists want Nigeria to secure farmers for food security
Ben Eguzozie, in Port Harcourt
The Rivers State government has said the recently recovered fishing trawlers will boost agriculture in the state, State Agriculture Commissioner Fred Kpakol said.
He said the state government recovered two of the three missing state owned fishing trawlers. He informed that, with the deployment of the two trawlers in industrial fishing, it will increase the agricultural potential of the state.
A fishing trawler is a commercial fishing vessel designed to operate fishing trawls. Trawling is a method of fishing that involves actively pulling or pulling a trawl through the water behind one or more trawlers. Trawls are fishing nets pulled along the seabed or in the middle of the water at a specified depth.
Findings by Company AM indicate that a commercial fiberglass fishing boat sells for $ 10,000 to $ 50,000 each.
The lack of use of fishing trawlers by most farmers in the Niger Delta river region, coupled with the devastating effects of the oil spill, had affected fishing activities in the oil region. The sector is therefore set back in a company of which it would otherwise have been the leader.
The Commissioner who spoke at a conference and trade fair in Port Harcourt, on the theme: ‘Financing and developing agriculture through collaboration’, organized by Farmsby Limited and AgriTech & Digital Company, said that it was a nice thing that the fishing trawlers bought by the Peter Odili administration in 2006, missing for a few years, were finally recovered.
He said the state’s agriculture ministry will deploy the trawlers after some repairs, noting that investors have shown interest in partnering with the state government for the deployment of the trawlers, which will increase production. of the state’s fish and empower young people.
Meanwhile, a roundtable led by Francis Ajua of the United Nations Institute for Agricultural Training and Research (UNITAR) advised Nigerian farmers to step up their efforts to play deep on the global agricultural stage. They can achieve this by turning their subsistence farming so far into a commercial enterprise – hence agro-industry.
Speakers called on the Nigerian federal government to provide sufficient security to farmers threatened by severe insecurity; explaining that these have also driven up food prices across the country, leading to a food shortage.
Aquila Maurice Kalagbor, CEO of Farmsby Limited, said the company’s goal is to digitize agriculture through cutting edge value chain and ideas; make life easier for farmers in Nigeria. He explained that their value chain will start with the production of fertilizers and transform agricultural products into finished products.
He noted that everyone in the food chain has a challenge, saying the conference aimed to bring together everyone such as technical experts in agriculture, government officials, the Bank of Agriculture (BoA), farmers. and food vendors, for networking; so that there is food security in the country.
He said Farmsby Limited specializes in the production of vegetables and digital agricultural products. He noted in particular that many farmers lack credible information, which is why the conference called on the Bank of Industry (BoI) and the Ministry of Agriculture to help farmers in the Niger Delta region.
He advised the government at all levels to invest in agriculture by providing agricultural extension staff to assist farmers by sharing information on cultivation methods, sowing and access to loans, which would enable farmers to farmers to meet international standards.
Kalagbor, a young entrepreneur, said his Farmsby will soon start producing starch for industrial use, which will create jobs. He assured that he would not compete with Garri. He also delivered an article on the subject: “Managing Agribusiness in Modern Nigeria”, in which he presented new global methods of agribusiness.
Sunny Ada, the regional director of the Bank of Agriculture, speaking on “Obtaining financing from the Bank of Agriculture”, described the different products that farmers can access with loans from the bank to stimulate the food production and food sufficiency in the Niger Delta region away from crude oil.