lmo Rice International launched in Owerri | IMO STATE GOVERNMENT

Imo State Government under the visionary leadership of the state governor, Owelle Anayo Rochas Okorocha has launched her Imo Rice International.
Addressing the people of Imo State during the launching which took place at the premises of Imo International Convention Centre, IICC, Owerri, Owelle Okorocha described the launching as a memorable and a historic day the state woke up to her responsibility to feed her people.
The governor, reiterated his administration’s resolve to pay maximum attention to farming and agricultural practices, adding that he is determined to make sure that Imo People have food on their table.
Owelle Okorocha who noted that agricultural revolution is on the way in the state, also stated the determination of his Rescue Mission administration to make Imo State the Food basket of Nigeria.
He recalled how he championed a program for Palm for Palm Plantation, shortly after he predicted the fall in price of crude oil at the International Market, unfortunately many did not take him serious, but today his prediction is now a reality.
Expressing concern that most food item Imo people consume come from the northern part of the country, the governor admonished the people to fully embrace agriculture for food sufficiency.
Owelle Okorocha seized the opportunity to appreciate the executive Governor of Kebi State, who came and trained Imo farmers on rice production, ‘I have tested the rice, I suggest every body should test it and buy for their family’ he said
According to the governor based on the progress the rice production program recorded, the state is expected to produce over 50,000 bags of rice in 2018 . He also gave kudos to Royal Fathers in Agriculture under the umbrella of ROFINA and those of them who obeyed and fully participated in the Palm for Palm program.
He explained that Agriculture is the key to economic growth and food security and any nation or state that cannot feed her people has failed.
Similarly; Imo Smoked Fish was also launched, for the consumption of Imo people. Governor Okorocha seized the opportunity to appreciate his Special Adviser on Small and Medium Scale Industry Barr. Rex Anunobi for a job well done in transforming the moribund Imo Fish Industry at Oguta LGA
Barrister Anunobi showered praises on the governor for the impact of his transformational leadership in the state and his sincere effort to rehabilitate the Oguta Fish Industry.
in her speech the Honourable Commissioner For Agriculture and Food, Barr. Ugochi Nnanna Okoro described the out come of the rice farming as unprecedented in annals of imo state history and scored owelle high for all his efforts to make the rice farming a reality. she was glad that the rice farming will put affordable food on the table of Imo people and the synergistic energy between her ministry and office of the governor through the anchor borrowers program yielded fruitful result.
About 32424 Rice Farmers participated in the program and 12 local government areas were used as a taste case for the program.
The event was graced by top government functionaries including Honorable Mrs Ogechi Ololo Deputy Chief of Staff Domestic and Task force Chairman on Food Security

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