Determined to return Imo State to its pristine position as the leader in palm oil production in Nigeria, the Imo State government last week launched the back-to-land programme to encourage the massive planting of improved palm seedlings.
Speaking at the occasion, the Governor, Rochas Okorocha, explained that the objective of the scheme was to plant about 3,000,000 palm trees in the state in the shortest possible time.
He announced that the scheme is compulsory for citizens of the state arguing that such would boost agriculture stressing that when the scheme fully matures, that there would be no need to tax the poor masses and no running to Abuja cap-in-hand for allocations.
The governor therefore charged the traditional rulers to sensitise their subjects on the programme in order to improve the economy of the rural areas.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mrs Adaora Ijezie, reiterated that the target of the scheme is to restore agriculture as a major wealth-creator and the driving force in rural development.
According to her, the objective is to achieve huge genetic improvement of the oil palm adapted to Imo ecology which she said would provide assorted by-products for both domestic and industrial uses.