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We are ready to partner with agric-friendly groups – Imo Deputy Gov

Imo State Government has resolved to mobilise its populace to partner agriculture-friendly groups with a view to increasing food production and raw materials for agro based industries in the State.
Deputy Governor of Imo State, Prince Eze Madumere, said this while receiving some traditional rulers under the aegis of ‘Royal Fathers in Agriculture’ (ROFINA) led by HRH, Eze Chidume Okoro, Deputy Chairman of Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers, Owerri zone and his Orlu zone counterpart, HRM, Eze Dr. Emmanuel Okeke, when they paid him a courtesy visit in his office in Government House, Owerri, Imo State.
Addressing his guests, he described agriculture and agribusiness as a great venture for sustenance of life and security, adding that the present call at various levels of government for people to return to agriculture is not only appropriate but would speedily take Nigeria out of recession. He decried those still on the fence over the call to return to agriculture, saying that any country that cannot feed itself is a failed nation.
He, therefore, commended the move by the royal fathers, which he described as not only timely but strategic. He reminded them that  the state governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, was the first leader to call for return to agriculture with the  “Plant a Palm” Programme. He regretted that most people took that effort for granted.
Earlier, Eze Chidume Okoro showered encomium on Governor Okorocha and his deputy, Prince Madumere for their consistency in helping them out at every point of need.
He, however, pointed out that their focus would be cultivation of cassava, saying that, with the unbearable high cost of cassava and its  by products like garri, it would only be appropriate to tackle this area. He revealed that the group has been able to secure over 1000 hectares of land while more are being sought with the help of government.
Eze Okoro while enumerating the benefits of agriculture in provision of sustainable employment, food security, he added that farming is a revered culture of the people, which would be rekindled through their programmes.
He, therefore, called on Government of Imo State to continue to help them  even as he sought government full participation in the forthcoming flag-off of 2017 farming season, which he said will be well celebrated.

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