IMO STATE SET FOR AGRIC REVOLUTION AS GOVERNOR IHEDIOHA UNVEILS ROAD MAP
By Augustine Agwulonu
Governor Emeka Ihedioha of Imo State, recently in Owerri, unveiled the road map plan of his administration for integrated mechanized agriculture, in order to boost the agriculture potentialities of the State. The governor
unveiled the road map while addressing about 500 youths who have signified their intention to be part of the Governor’s agricultural revolution plan for the state. Among other things, the 500 youths, drawn from the 27 Local Government areas of the state will undergo intensive training at the Israeli Agro-Training Centre, in Nasarawa State, within a short time frame to enable the governor actualize his plan. The youths indicated their interest at the ceremony held at Ahiajoku Convention Centre, Owerri, where Governor Ihedioha addressed a cross section of dignitaries from all walks of life in the state, including traditional rulers and youths, on the blue print of the government in the agriculture revolution project. Other speakers at the ceremony included the state commissioners and the people Democratic Party (PDP) leaders in the state.
Noting that all hands must be on deck to realize the objective of the government in this respect, Governor Ihedioha expressed his determination to finance the production of major items like oil palm, rice and other agricultural produce; and called on the traditional rulers in the state and notable community leaders to make available about 20,000 hectares of land in their different communities for the commencement of the project.
He added that the state would also encourage the planting of all-year-round crops to ensure food sufficiency for the people of the state. The governor also stated that foreign investors’ partnership with the government would be given priority consideration in order to develop the agricultural potentialities of the state. The governor then called on politicians of the state origin, currently engaged in election tribunal cases in Abuja, to stop wasting their money but return home and come and invest in the agriculture project to enhance the growth and development of the state.
In his own address, the state Commissioner for Agricultural, Emma Nworgu, commended the giant strides of the Governor in the area of agricultural re-formation with a view to making Imo State self-sufficient in food production. He also called on all stakeholder groups in the state to collaborate with the government in this respect.