Imo State to launch Climatic Agricultural Revolution –Uche Odozor
By Augustine Agwulonu
In pursuit of making agriculture the economic mainstay of the state economy, the Imo State Government has adopted the Climatic Smart Agricultural Revolution as the bedrock of its recently launched roadmap for enhanced agricultural productivity that will make the state self-sufficient in food production as well as provide for the needs of the neighbouring states. This fact was disclosed to AGRICGISTA during an exclusive interview; by Mr. Uche Odozor, the Special Adviser to the Imo State Governor, Honourable Emeka Ihedioha; in Nnenasa, headquarters of Njaba Local Government area of the State.
The Special Adviser who was in the area to witness the 2019 Women August meeting, presided over by the wife of the governor, Lady Ebere Nkem Ihedioha; lamented that in its eight year tenure, the last administration in the state had no blue print for agricultural development, in spite of the available opportunities and potentialities in the sector
According to him “the Governor has officially unveiled the agricultural road map for Imo state, stressing that this is the ideal thing to do in order to have the direct direction in achieving the desired objectives; “because for you to re-build any sector you must have direction”.
The Special Advise continued “The road map is the ideal thing to do. The unveiling has put Imo State in a strategic position as the heart of Eastern Heartland, as the headquarters of climatic Smart agriculture. This is what we will be promoting. – Climatic Smart Agriculture.”
Mr. Odiozor expressed concern that many people are involved in bush burning, thereby destroying the environment of the state. He noted that Governor Ihedioha loves standard and is committed to green revolution that will enable the state to regain her lost glory in this respect. On the invasion of Imo State Agricultural Development Palm Plantation (Adapalm) Ohaji by Seplat Oil Drilling Company, Mr. Odiozor noted that the new administration is not prepared to tolerate docile and nonfunctional system.
He accused the oil company of encroachment by re-enforcing criminality noting that the state government is not folding her hands as an official letter has been written to the company, in this respect; expressing optimism that justice will be done. The Special Adviser described the organization of the August meeting as unprecedented while commending the Governor’s wife for her managerial acumen in terms of crowd control and empowerment of women.