The Agriculture Department is the largest and forms the nucleus of the Ministry. The Department implements projects and programmes aimed at increased production of food and fibers in the State.

It performs its function through the following units:

  1. CROP DEVELOPMENT UNIT

This unit ensures the implementation of programmes for the development of annuals crops (like cassava and maize) and crops (oil palm) in the State. Improved planting materials are produced from reliable sources, (Agricultural Research Institutes) multiplied and made available to local farmers for cultivation.

This unit is responsible for the implementation of special agricultural programmes that may evolve either from the State or Federal Government.Agricultural Data Bank as it relates to crops is maintained by the Agric Department.

  1. AGRICULTURAL CO-OPERATIVE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT UNIT

The Community Block Farming (CBF) scheme is one of the major functions of this unit. Here, it helps in forming groups for particular communities into farming bodies and each body is responsible for the farming of a block of land.

  1. PEST MANAGEMENT UNIT

The unit principally monitors farm pests and diseases and their build-up in the state. The regularity and frequency of pest outbreak and location of occurrence is determined in order to evolve effective management control.

  1. AGRICULTURAL LAND RESOURCES UNIT

Basically, the unit is charged with the responsibility of carrying out soil investigation of private and government farms. It prepares agricultural land use maps of the State and a soil inventory of agricultural lands in the State.

 

POLICY MANDATE

Agricultural Department has the responsibility of promoting farmers friendly agricultural policies with a view to achieving food security, eradicating poverty, developing the rural economy and protecting the environment.

This policy mandate is achieved through these outlined objectives:

  • Assisting and providing high yielding and disease resistant varieties of crops and other planting materials to farmers.
  • Ensuring that farmers obtain the right type of inputs such as fertilizers and chemicals.
  • Providing farmers with support and other incentives to boost food production.
  • Generation of gainful employment for youths and women
  • Equipping farmers with modern technologies and research in crop practices.
  • Offering farmers the best pest control services.
  • Mobilization of farmers into production groups for sustainability increased food production and income generation.
  • Educating farmers on the need to reduce post harvest looses through improved storage methods, simple methods of processing and nutrient conservation techniques.
  • Provide agricultural extension services.

 

OFFICE LOCATION

Room 10-21, 7th Floor, Block A, Rivers State Secretariat Complex, Port Harcourt

 

PRINCIPAL CONTACT PERSON: Mrs. Comfort Daddy-West, Head of Department, Agric

 

LIST OF COMPLETED PROJECTS

  1. TRANSFORMATION AGENDA ON OIL PALM VALUE CHAIN (Federal Project in Collaboration with the State Governmnet)

The oil palm programme was initiated by the Federal Government. The objectives of the programme is to increase vegetable oil production (through the increase of oil palm production and processing) in order to achieve import substitution and cancel deficit of 300,000 MT which is annually met through import. The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) oil palm development project supplied 109,560 sprouted nuts to Rivers State Ministry of Agriculture from NIFOR Benin and were sown into nursery at Rumuodomaya and Bori farms.

At transplantable stage, these seedlings were sold to accredited farmers of the state at subsidized price. Majority of the seedlings have been sold off from Rumuodomaya and Bori farms. The aim is to boost oil production and its products.

Location: the project is sited at Rumuodomaya farm (Obio/Akpor LGA) and Bori farm (Khana LGA)

Date Started: June 2013

Date Completed 2015 (Although there are still seedlings to be sold)

 

 

LIST OF ON GOING PROJECTS

  1. Banana Project:

Location: Bunu Tai (Tai LGA)

The State is in partnership with a Mexican firm, Groupo Sam Carlos, under Public Private Partnership (PPP) to cultivate produce and export banana for commercial purpose on 2,000 ha of land

 

  1. Oil Palm Development

Location: Risonpalm Ubima (lkwerre LGA)

Rehabilitation and replanting OF 16,000 ha of Risonpalm Oil palm plantation and provision of products value chain addition through processing of products under Public Private Partnership. An MOU was signed with Belgian Firm (SIAT) and work has commenced in earnest.

 

  1. Rice Production and Processing

Location: Rumuewhor (Emohua LGA)

The State is in partnership with some foreign investors on the cultivation of 10,000 ha rice field with provision for modern processing facilities.

 

LIST OF PROPOSED PROJECTS

The Department is proposing to carry out the following

PROJECT TITLE

  1. Seed Multiplication Scheme.

Location: Rumuodomaya Farm (Obio/Akpor LGA)

Seed multiplication is a process of making available high quality seed and planting materials to the farmers for further multiplication by intensive multiplication of improved varieties of cassava, seed yam, cowpea, maize, garden egg, cucumber, pineapples and plantain. Some of these will be processed, packaged and sold to our farmers for further planting in the farmers’ field. (Cost estimate attached).

Proposed start date: 2015/2016

Proposed date of completion: 2017

Proposed plan: To achieve food sufficiency

 

  1. OUTGROWER SCHEME.

The department wishes to engage outgrowers to support the above scheme.

More Details Soon

 

  1. ACCELERATED CASSAVA MULTIPLICATION SCHEME

Location: Atali Farm (Obio/Akpor LGA)

Cassava will continue to play an important role in reduction of food shortage and rural poverty and as such the Agric. Department wishes to engage outgrowers to plant and supply high quality and disease resistant cassava stems to farmers. This will serve as supply link to the rural farming communities and encourage youths to own their own cassava farms.

Proposed start date: 2015/2016

Proposed date of completion: 2017

Project plan: To achieve food sufficiency