The state government has disclosed plans to revitalize the moribund Acharaubo farm.
The Deputy Governor Prof Placid Njoku disclosed this when he took an inspection tour of the thirty-four hectares farmland located at Emekuku in Owerri North Local Government Area.
Prof. Njoku who described agriculture as the economic base of most countries of the world considering the dwindling oil revenue regretted that the vision of the past military regime in establishing the Acharaubo farm to produce food, generate revenue and employment for the state was run down by successive Governments.
He made it clear that the Acharaubo farm which was then known for the production of poultry, piggery, and local cattle otherwise called Muturu occupies a central point in the agricultural agenda of the state government, stressing that a tour round the farm showed that it is in a sorry state.
The Commissioner for Agriculture, chief Lambert Orisakwe said the ministry would introduce varieties of crops into the farm when fully operational while that of Livestock Production, Lady Obiageri Ajoku said the farm structure would be redesigned and varieties of livestock would be introduced into the farm to bring it back to its original form.
The Interim Management Committee Chairman of Owerri North Local Government Area, Engr. Lams Ibe thanked the state government for its plans to bring the farm back to life.
Conducting the Deputy Governor round the dilapidated farm, the Head of Department of the farm, Mr. Silvastone Ibekwe said the farm has six poultry houses, three paddocks, feed Mill and Breeder which he said have all been vandalized while the crop Fields have been encroached upon by the villagers.