Uzodinma Predicts Bumper Agricultural Harvest In Imo State As Well As Nigerian Food Sufficiency In The Near Future
Governor Hope Uzodinma has expressed his confidence that food security and food sufficiency will soon be a reality in Nigeria in general and Imo State in particular.
He insisted that going by the giant strides already recorded in agriculture in Nigeria and the government’s interest in the agricultural sector, food sufficiency will soon be etched in stone.
Governor Uzodinma while speaking at the flag-off ceremony of the 2020 Federal Government Agricultural Inputs Distribution to Farmers and Seed Companies in Imo State, described the effort as a significant step by the Federal Government towards ensuring food sufficiency, food security and agricultural growth in general.
He said going with the concerted efforts of the Federal Government supported by all States, in the next 10 years the Nation would have surpassed the United Nations' policy on food and agriculture on the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger in the world.
Uzodinma particularly eulogized the efforts of Federal Government in the areas of rice production that has made Nigeria to be a member of the committee of rice producing and exporting Nations, instead of being just a consumer nation only.
He further used the occasion to remind the audience of some achievements of his administration in the areas of livestock and agricultural production which include: the rehabilitation of Adapalm, the planting of 400,000 oil palm seedlings, the revitalization of the Imo Rubber Estates at Emeabiam and Obitti in Owerri West and Ohaji Egbema LGAs respectively, as well as the preparedness of the State towards the establishment of a University of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences geared towards making Imo youths accept agriculture as an alternative source of economic sustainability.
The Governor also appealed to the Federal Government to embark on the completion and rehabilitation of most Federal Government abandoned agricultural projects in Imo State such as, the Silo at Ezinachi Okigwe, and if possible, build a new one as the State is expecting bumper agricultural harvest despite the COVID-19 Pandemic.