ENUGU – The President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Professor George A Obiozor, has enjoined all Igbos to take advantage of the oncoming farming season to boost food production in all parts of Igbo land.
Obiozor in a statement made available to journalists in Enugu on Tuesday recalled with nostalgia, the preeminent position the Igbo occupied in the area of agriculture and food production under Dr. M.I. Okpara, the former Premier of Eastern Region.
He stated that the present situation in the country makes it imperative for our people to take the issue of food production and processing compellingly serious, adding that food security should be the basic foundation of any society. Agriculture, according to Obiozor has an incredible value chain that include youth empowerment, wealth creation and enormous export potentials.
He noted that over ninety per cent of Igbo land is arable and fertile, and wondered why the Igbo should not have food sufficiency.
The President General believes that concerted efforts should be devoted to food production of all kinds including cattle, fish, palm oil, cashew, cassava processing among others. Obiozor recalls that in the past, the high premium was placed on native cows because of their cultural values and that time has come for the native cow to re-assume its potency in Igbo culture and tradition.
He called the attention of all the traditional rulers, town union presidents, leaders of thought and indeed our people in the Diaspora to lend their support to the issue of Agriculture and food production in Igboland, especially in this farming season.
Obiozor said he recognizes the outstanding efforts and achievements in agriculture and food production particularly in Anambra and Ebonyi States and congratulated Governors Willy Obiano and Dave Umahi and the farmers of these states.