Governor Rochas Okorocha Laments: There Is Hunger In Imo State
Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has lamented the presence of hunger in the state.
The governor has called on rice producers in the state to assist him in addressing the issue of hunger.
He appealed to the producers to help deal with the rice scarcity in the state by engaging in local production. and also make it affordable to the people of the State.
Governor Okorocha appealed to them to make rice affordable to the people of Imo State.
Okorocha made the appeal in Owerri over the weekend at a town hall meeting with stakeholders of the Imo state Anchor Borrowers programme.
Rochas Okorocha Laments Hunger, Rice Scarcity In Imo
The governor was represented by the Commissioner for Agriculture, Environment and Natural resources, Hon. Udo Agoha.
Governor Rochas warned that the solution to the economic recession was investing in agriculture.
The governor fielded questions on why the Imo state government has not put enough resources in the Anchor Borrowers programme.
Responding, the representative of the governor said:
“His Excellency, Rochas Okorocha has approved N10 million for the project.
“We are working hard to get involved in agriculture.
“There is an imminent scarcity of food and hence the state has launched the palm to palm programme, back to farm and Imo school programme.”
Also speaking at the occasion, the Coordinator of the Imo state Anchor Borrowers Programme, Mr. Edwin Uche, informed that the project was private sector driven.
He stated that it was targeted to encourage local production of crops.
Mr. Uche said the essence of the town hall meeting was to drive the CBN programme in Imo saying:
“It is Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, project to encourage rice farmers.
“At every stage of this programme, the stakeholders are expected to come together.
“To agree on the various issues that would enable us drive the objectives of the Anchor Borrowers Programme of the Central Bank of Nigeria in Imo state.”