Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has pledged to partner with a Multi-National Company, PZ Cusson in setting up Palm Plantations across the three zones of the state as part of its efforts to diversify the economy of the state.
Owelle Okorocha made this pledge when the Management of the PZ Cussons called on him at the government House Owerri. He stated that a taskforce on palm plantation has already been set up by his government to ensure that every community has at least a hectre of palm plantation.
The governor regretted a situation where a country like Malaysia that got palm fruit from Imo State is now a leading country in the production of palm produce, whereas Nigeria is still relying on crude oil to exist.
He stressed that time has come for the nation and state to look inwards and return back to agriculture, pointing out that his administration will be ready to partner with serious investors in the development of the agric sector especially in the area of palm plantation.
Speaking further, he stated that the communities in Imo State has already planted palms and will be ready to provide 100 tons of palm fruit every month if the company is serious with business.
He promised to help them facilitate and source for fund from CBN to establish a palm refinery in the state.
Earlier, the leader of the group, Mr. Santosh Pillai expressed their readiness to partner with the state government to resuscitate its agro industrial sector, noting that Imo State was a major player in the export of palm oil produce in the late seventies.
He spoke of their determination to revitalize the palm industry in the state and Nigeria at large and at such reduce import and increase export of palm produce.
Govt House Owerri.