The Permanent Secretary, Imo Ministry of Community and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mrs Maria Amah, has urged communities to embrace the “Palm for Palm’’ programme to improve their economy.
Amah represented by the Acting Director of Administration and Finance, Mr Felix Okoroafor, made the call at the launch of the `Palm for Palm’ programme in Okponakuma Autonomous Community in Njaba Local Government Area.
“This programme if sustained will contribute greatly in making Imo State an Agro-based state, generate employment and boost the revenue profile of the communities and the state at large.
“So, communities, which are yet to map out land for the programme, should do so now to reap the benefit and fast track the programme,’’ she said.
Amah urged the communities to cut down the old and over-grown palm trees and replace them with new hybrid palm seedlings which mature in less than three years.
She said that the ministry would embark on the inspection of the hectares of land mapped out by communities for the programme to guarantee their suitability for the palm planting exercise.