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Bayelsa to harness agric potentials

Samuel OYADONGHA

Yenagoa – Bayelsa State government and the Yenagoa Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (YECCIMA) have reached an accord to work together to harness and promote the abundant agricultural potentials in the state.

The accord was reached weekend when the YECCIMA delegation led by the President, Chief Lionel Jonathan-Omo called on the state Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mr. Blessing Akpoloma in his office.

The government agreed to the request of the chamber to form the required synergy to transform the sector and also liaise and consult them in order to access existing linkages open to both government and the organised private sector in the state.

The agreement is also to ensure expeditious, timely and judicious distribution of resources necessary to create the enabling environment for businesses to thrive and grow.

Government it was further learnt acceded to YECCIMA plea to appoint experts and professionals as members of the boards of state owned agricultural companies, collaborate in organising seminars, conferences and workshops as well as ensure that members of the chambers benefit from the disbursement of agricultural loans through the ministry.

The commissioner reiterated his determination to turn around the fortunes of the state owned agricultural companies and also revive the sector in the state.

Earlier while presenting YECCIMA address, the first vice president, Idouye Awere said Bayelsa State with the longest coastline of 185 kilometers in the country had the potential of producing 100,000 tonnes of fish annually.

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