P/HARCOURT – It was an annual event where friends, business associates and other professional bodies gathered at Vintage farms products limited, Elele in Ikwerre local government area of Rivers State to review the successes of the year ending and chart a way forward in the New Year.
Speaking to Journalists shortly after the event, Sir Mike Elechi, the Managing Director of Vintage farms and Products, explained that it was an annual vintage farm fish festival.
“This we do at the end of every year. It ranges from 26 to first of January depending on when the stakeholders agreed to meet.
“It is a point where my friends in all sectors of life come together to celebrate Christmas with me. It started in the year 2000 in Port Harcourt until when Vintage farm became operational in 2008, we decided to return it to Elele and now with the advent of a lake we decided to turn it to fishing festival”.
Sir Elechi further clarified that the stakeholders will soon decide if the festival will accommodate the commercialization of the fishes where fish vendors will be invited to participate, saying that the only rule that has been approved by the stakeholders is that participants will either come with their hooks or make use of the one already provided by Vintage and that anybody catches a fish that weighs up to 20 to 25 kg, will be allowed to go home with the fish and souvenir.
He regretted that nobody won the price even when there were fishes worth 30kg inside the lake.
He maintained that the essence of the exercise was to showcase to the whole World that Vintage farms and products has varieties of products and services readily available, saying that its agricultural products and block industry were second to none in the Southern part of Nigeria. He called on the entire public to patronize their products and services.