By Jimitota Onoyume
PORT HARCOURT â€” AS part of its corporate social responsibilities (CSR), the Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) declared it has aided farmersâ€™ cooperative societies, youths and women groups in its areas of operation with over N80 million as micro credit facility within the last four years.
ManagingÂ Director of the company, Mr. Ciro Antonio Pagano, who made this known at Obie/Obrikom in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State, during this yearâ€™s Green River Project (GRP), said over 50,000 families that are into farming have also benefited from the green river project.
The project is an initiative of the company which seeks to promote agriculture in its areas of operations.
Pagano, who was repre-sented by the General Mana-ger, District, Mr. Burrafato Sebastiano, said the firm had assisted over 250 active cooperative societies in its areas of operation, with membership strength of 106,300, who have been trained in capacity building, technical services and other areas.
NAOC gave out motorcycles, fertilizers, wheelbarrows, amongst others, to most of the farmersâ€™ cooperative societies to encourage them in their farming activities.
Pagano said five agro-processing mills were inaugurated at Obor, Okposi in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni local government area and Ukpeliede in Ahoada West local government are of Rivers State; Ogume andÂ Irri in Ndokwa West and Isoko local government areas of Delta state this year.
According to him, the company plans to set up palm mills at Eziorsu and Biseni in Oguta local government area of Imo and Bayelsa States respectively.
He also thanked the companyâ€™s host communities for the cordial relationship existing between them and the firm.