Imo state government has disclosed plans to engage in massive rice production under the agricultural transformation programme. Gov. Owelle Rochas Okorocha made the disclosure at Arondizuogu, Ideato
North LGA while speaking in a thanksgiving church service in honor of the member representing Ideato Federal Constituency at the National Assembly, Hon. Eddy Mbadiwe. The governor stated that government has entered into negotiation with some experts fromThailandto commence massive production and processing of rice at a location in Arondizuogu, Ideato North.
He said “As I am speaking, the state government has commenced negotiation with a team of experts in rice production who are already in the state. Our intention is to ensure that we produce enough rice for local consumption and commercial purposes. Therefore, the Arondizuogu Rice Mill has been taken over by government and with the aid of these experts; we will commence cultivation and processing of rice in a commercial quantity.” Gov. Okorocha added that similar steps have been taken to ensure that each community in the state plants at least 20,000 improved palm seedlings.
The governor, however expressed that the state under the ongoing agricultural transformation would be economically independent even as massive job opportunities would be created for the teeming unemployed youths.
He restated the commitment of his administration to remain focused in the bid to rebuild Imo into a model state with vast investment opportunities.
The Lawmaker representing Orlu/Orsu/Oru East Federal Constituency, Hon. Jerry Alagbaso enjoined all Imolites to support the governor in his good work, describing Gov. Okorocha as a ‘detribalized man’ who
sees the entire Imo as his constituency.
Also speaking, the member representing Owerri Federal Constituency, Hon. Onyewuchi Ezenwa urged the governor to remain focused with his massive transformation projects, adding that the governor’s economic programmes will make Imo an economically viable state with great investment opportunities.