The Green River Project

The Green River Project

The Green River Project
The Green River Project (GRP) is NAOC's flagship agricultural initiative established in 1987. The GRP, in collaboration with its partners have been carrying out a unified free Agricultural Extension Service Delivery system (AESD) over the last 28 years in the Land and Swamp areas of the Niger Delta. Activities have included the rapid multiplication and distribution of improved seeds and seedlings, agro-mechanization, processing veterinary services/animal production and formation of cooperatives.

Objective
The GRP aims to increase agricultural productivity and prevent further deterioration of the soil through the use of better farming techniques; enhance farmer's income, improve the quality of life of farmers through the adoption of improved and sustainable farming systems and therefore contributing to the improvement of the livelihoods of the households in NAOC operational communities of Rivers, Bayelsa, Imo and Delta states.

Strategy
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 to improve the living standards of the agrarian population in the Niger Delta.


   

 

  • Youth development & empowerment Youth development & empowerment
  • Farmers' day celebrationFarmers' day celebration

Skills acquisition scheme is to help youths overcome unemployment and poverty by educating them and equipping them to take up entrepreneurship as their career. It employment to farm work. Since 1999, eni-NAOC is consistently investing in human capital development for youths in her host communities through the skills acquisition programs. A total of 3,750 youths and women have been trained in the area of acquisition of technical and vocational trade since program inception. Trades include Catering, Carpentry, Fashion design, Boat engine repairs, Hair dressing and welding /pipe fittings wood work.

 Objectives of the skill Acquisition Program

The overall objective of the youth Skills Acquisition Scheme is to equip selected youth of NAOC host communities with relevant skills necessary for the establishment and efficient management of small scale enterprises. The program is intended to:

  • Promote innovative approaches to community development through activities aimed at the acquisition of specific technical/vocational skills.
  • Provide technical support, training and advisory service to the skill-trained youth aim at improving their socio – economical well being.
  • Provide requisite training for the trainees to enter into employment.


Farmer’s day celebrationThe GRP Farmers’ Day Celebration is an annual event organized by the Company to celebrate the accomplishments reached by local farmers during the last planting season and to strengthen the relationships between them and the Company.
For over 20 years now, the Famers’ Day Celebration has served both as a platform to showcase the yearly farming products, produces and services and as an opportunity to publicly reward outstanding farmers and cooperative societies for their efforts in sustainable farming.

For the second year in a row, the 21st Farmers’ Day Celebration was hosted in Bayelsa State, at the new NAOC-GRP’s farm located in Igbogene, Yenagoa.

The event brought 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 offered an opportunity for networking and exchanging of ideas on food security and diversification.

In its 30 years of activities, the Green River Project has remained a prime source of employment and improvement of standard of living for various communities. During the event, many farmers who over the years have benefited from the GRP expressed their gratitude for the support received in improving their standard of living, for the opportunities the Project provides for youth and women empowerment and the model it represents for sustainable socio-economic development.





Last updated on 07/12/17