Governor Rochas Okorocha has yet again renewed his appeal to Imo indigenes to encourage agricultural practices in order to ensure sufficient food production in the state.
Governor Okorocha who made this call during the 2012 World Food Day celebration at Heroes Square Owerri, described agriculture as a key for survival in the nation, adding that agricultural practices will create employment opportunities in the state.
His Excellency further expressed that going back to land is the only hope for an average Igbo man, and however appealed for the Igbos to take back farming job as a serious business and hope for survival. Describing farmers in the state as great partners of the Rescue mission, he directed the state commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Hon. Mrs. Adaora Ijezie to reorganize farmers clubs in order to review the activities of farmers in the state. He also, urged Imolites to support the back to land programme with the aim of planting palm seedlings in various autonomous communities which he said would go a long way in reducing poverty in the state.
In an address presented by the Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Hon. Mrs. Adaora Ijezie, said that the team for this year’s world Food Day is “Agricultural Co-operative Key to Feed the World,” which she said is aimed to capturing the activities and programmes of Imo state government towards increased food production, ensuring food security and making food affordable for the teeming population of Imolites.
Mrs. Ijezie, noted that the world Food Day could be described as a harvest period when farmers sit back to take stock of different activities they have engaged in over the year.