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OFFICE OF THE HONOURABLE COMMISSIONER
MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE & NATURAL RESOURCES
IMO STATE, NIGERIA
AN ADDRESS PRESENTED BY HON. CHIEF DR. LAMBERT ORISAKWE, THE HON. COMMISSIONER FOR AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES, ON THE FLAG OFF DISTRIBUTION OF FARM INPUTS BY THE MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT ALHAJI MUHAMMED SABO NANONO AT THE HERO SQUARE, OWERRI.
Your Excellency, Distinguished, Senator Hope Uzodinma-Onwa Oyoko, the prosperity Governor of IMO State may I with your kind permission welcome our Hon. Minister for Agriculture and Rural development at this occasion of his august visit to our Dear State. Your commitment to the people have ushered an Administration directing its energies to SHARE PROSPERITY using the 3R mantra of Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Recovery.
It is my greatest delight to be part of this epoch making event taking place here today in IMO State, the flag off of the distribution of farm inputs to IMO farmers by Hon. Minister of Agriculture, ALHAJI MUHAMMED SABO NANONO.
IMO State is predominantly an Agrarian society where every family is engaged in one form of Agricultural practice or the other; as such the coming of the Hon. Minister of Agriculture to distribute agro palliatives to IMO farmers is a welcome development. This August and memorable occasion is very refreshing and calls for celebration
It is important to note that the administration of His Excellency Distinguished Senator Hope Uzodimma is poised to bring about an agricultural Revolution that will make IMO State a major producer and exporter of agricultural products geared towards the diversification of IMO economy to an agro-based economy that is less dependent on oil money.
Meanwhile the Government has vigorously pursued the reactivation of the ailing agro-industries owned by the State, which includes IMO State Ada-palm Nigeria ltd with rehabilitation of old Mill and installation of gigantic oil palm modern Mill; Small holders oil palm Management unit which have raised about 240,000 improved seedlings to be transplanted soon, Songhai farm, IMO Modern poultry farm Avutu, IMO Rubber Estate ltd, Agricultural Development Programmed, Cassava production project, Rice project, Cashew plantations, Achara Ubo farm, to mention but a few;
We are asking the federal Government to support the State in the reactivation, reconstruction and rehabilitation of the mentioned farms. The State paid counterpart funding in life-ND programmed for the past months now still waiting for NDDC to comply so that the poorest of the poor can be reached. Sir, help us to overcome this challenge.
As part of the Government engagement to ensure food security within the pandemic. We have commenced the distribution of some farm inputs, which include improved varieties of Cassava cuttings Sweet Maize, yam seedlings and other cash crops.
The near perilous situation of fear and lock down that arose out of global attack of corona Virus-(COVID-19) –IS TODAY BEING PUSHED BEHIND us as we encourage ourselves and open our doors, farms and Agricultural activities for food security. The threats of stagnation, poverty and starvation are being resisted by the Hon. Minister in the most brave and courageous manner. The patriotic act of coming to encourage farmers in IMO State deserves accolade and applause.
This event will also enable the Hon. Minister evaluate the efforts and capacities of registered farmers in the State with a current numerical strength;
Hon. Minister Sir, IMO people are happy to receive you today. The farmers are happy, exited and hilarious to interact with you and receive from you, the many items you have graciously provided for their enlightenment, empowerment, enrichment and improved quality of agricultural production, hopefully your coming big booster to the efforts this administration has put up so far, in promoting and encouraging agricultural production in the State.
W equally thank the president of the federal republic of Nigeria, President Mohammadu Buhari for his support to the Nigerian, farmers. We will not forget in a hurry the effort of our amiable Governor, His Excellency, Senator Hope Uzodimma who has shown deep commitment in the diversification of IMO economy through agriculture.
Be assured of our ability to put to good use the items, technical assistance and financial support you will today and onwards extend to us.
May I use this opportunity to congratulate all farmers in IMO State, who are working hard to see that in spite of the corona-Virus pandemic, IMO State is food safe and secured from the harsh effect of the ravaging virus.
Again I heartily welcome His Excellency the Governor of IMO State, Dist. Senator Hope Uzodinma whose articulate goodwill has made the Hon. Minister safe, secured, comfortable and in high spirit to share this day with us.
Hon. Minister Sir, Nnooh, Ibiala.
Thank you and God bless you.
Dr. Lambert Orisakwe