Governor Rochas Okorocha disclosed that the state government has concluded arrangements to engage South African farmers for agricultural development in the state.
The governor made this statement while addressing the Traditional Rulers and Transition Committee Chairmen of the local government areas in the state at Ikemba Ojukwu centre, Owerri.
Gov. Okorocha said that state government has introduced Rural
Agricultural programme with a team of South African Farmers, having been brought in the state to boost rural production of agricultural practice.
He urged the Council Chairmen and traditional rulers to make available at least five hectres of land for agricultural purposes, adding that Inter-agriculture business will bring increase in yield and variety of improved species which will go a long way to boost the economy of the state.
The governor maintained that every community must own a farm so that the fourth-tier government will start with farming as quickly as possible so that they can produce something which would be centrally collected for export.
He further disclosed that the state government will soon distribute scholarship forms to various Autonomous Communities for payment of bursary to Imo students who are in primary, secondary and tertiary institutions in the state.
Also speaking, a representative of the South African Farmers, Mrs. Bryline Clistsunge said that the gesture will eradicate poverty and as well as reduce urban migration.
She promised to be committed with the agricultural project in the rural areas and create facilities for agricultural development in the