By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa—Bayelsa State Government- owned aqua-culture village is to generate about N3.5 billion annually.
Also, the vast farm estate, located at Yenegwe suburb of Yenagoa, according to the state Commissioner for Agriculture, Doodie Weeks, is expected to provide employment to about 4,000 youths.
Weeks stated this when members of the Federated Correspondents’ Chapel of Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Bayelsa State Council, visited the farm.
The farm boasts of hatchery, earth ponds, feed mill and fish processing unit.
He said that the project was part of efforts to diversify the state’s economy.
His words: “The vision of the governor for the project is to make Bayelsa the fish hub and rake in an annual income of not less than N3.5 billion.
“Processed, packaged and branded Bayelsa fish will be produced here. Apart from employment it will generate, a lot of economic activities. We are looking at about 4,000 jobs to be generated here directly or indirectly. We want to diversify our economy.
“This is a clear vision of the governor. This farm estate will be replicated in all the local government areas. As we speak, Southern Ijaw farm has started. In Sagbama, Nembe, land acquisition is going on. This project will ensure we stop importation of fish.”