The GRP Farmers’ Day Celebration is a yearly event that for over 20 years now has given NAOC and its Joint Venture Partners the opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the last planting season with individual farmers, farmers’ cooperative societies, youth and women cooperative societies, agro-allied organisations, research and education Institutes, local government and NGOs.
The objectives of the GRP Farmers’ Day Celebration are, among others:

  • To enable individual farmers and cooperative societies to showcase their yearly products, produces and services;
  • To provide a platform for networking and exchange of ideas;
  • To award prizes to outstanding farmers and the most productive cooperative societies;
  • To promote the Company’s commitment to rural farming in areas of operation.

The 21st edition of the Green River Project Farmers’ Day Celebration took place on 11th November 2017 at the new NAOC-GRP’s farm located in Igbogene, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.


Many farmers who over the years have benefited from the Green River Project gathered to show appreciation for the support received from the Project and to share the fruits of their work: yam, cassava, plantain, chickens, catfish, tilapias, juices, eggs, garri, palm oil, and many other raw and processed farm products.

The Governor of Bayelsa State, Mr. Seriake Dickson, who was represented by his deputy, Rear Admiral John Jonah (retd.), was impressed with the success of the GRP and highlighted that agriculture is the only route to prosperity in the Country.

The event gathered traditional rulers, top government officials and other dignitaries from Bayelsa, Rivers, Delta and Imo states, as well as the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Chairman NAOC/AENR/NAE, Mr. Umberto Carrara, Vice-Chairman and Managing Director NAOC/AENR/NAE, Mr. Massimo Insulla, and General Manager District, Mr. Marco Rotondi.

Traditional dance troupes performed throughout the event, contributing to transform the venue into a lively and celebratory location for all the people present.

The event was also an opportunity to publicly reward outstanding individual farmers and the most productive cooperative societies working with the GRP, and to award them with agricultural implements that may provide a further input to their activities.

Last updated on 07/12/17"/>