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Green River Project

The project launched in 1987, promotes agricultural and zootechnical business development in Nigeria through a range of initiatives.

The Green River Project, or GRP, is NAOC's flagship agricultural initiative. It was established in 1987 by NAOC and its Joint Venture partners and has, in over 30 years, carried out a comprehensive Agricultural Extension Service Delivery system (AESD) in the Land and Swamp areas of the Niger Delta. 

In effect, the GRP is a modular rural development program, designed for the development of an integrated food production system that is sustainable and fully respectful of local customs and traditions.  In this sense, it is consistent with the Sustainable Development Goal 1 (Zero Hunger) and 2 (No Poverty).

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Green River Project

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The GRP aims to increase agricultural productivity in the Niger Delta and to prevent further deterioration of the soil through the use of better farming techniques. It also aims to enhance farmer incomes, and thereby the quality of life of farmers, through the adoption of improved and sustainable farming systems. In these ways, the Project contributes to the improvement of the livelihoods of the households within NAOC’s operational areas. Over the years, the Green River Project has remained a prime source of employment and improvement of standard of living for various communities.

GRP services to the community include:

  • the rapid multiplication and distribution of improved seeds and seedlings to local farmers;
  • supporting agro-mechanization;
  • processing veterinary services/animal production;
  • formation of cooperatives.

Annual GRP Showcase: The Farmers' day celebration

The GRP Farmers’ Day Celebration is an annual event organized by NAOC and its partners in JV to celebrate the accomplishments reached by local farmers, with the support of the GRP, during the last planting season and to strengthen the relationships between them and the Company. It brings together individual farmers, cooperative societies, traditional rulers and representatives of local governments who make up the "GRP family" to jointly celebrate the variety of local products yielded by the Niger Delta.  

The exhibition stands spread across the venue also offer an opportunity for networking and exchanging of ideas on food security and diversification. During the event, many farmers who over the years have benefited from the GRP showcase their work and the impact of the Project on their lives and livelihood. In this way, for over 30 years now, the Famers’ Day Celebration has served both as a platform to showcase the yearly farming products, produces and services of its partners, as well as an opportunity for publicly rewarding outstanding farmers and cooperative societies for their efforts in sustainable farming.