The Imo State Government on Tuesday said it would partner Bioresources Development Group to curb erosion in the state.
Declaring open the 10th edition of symposium and exhibition of BDG in Owerri, the Governor of the state, Emeka Ihedioha, said the state government would work with the firm in ‘preserving nature.’
Represented by his Deputy, Gerald Irona, Ihedioha said, “We are happy with what Bioresources Development Group is doing. We will partner it in curbing erosion menace. When you control erosion, you conserve the forests. We will preserve nature and develop the environments.”
“We welcome your choice of making our state your permanent venue for your symposium starting from next year. We will partner with you and we are happy that it provides services in health, agriculture, job creation and tourism.”
The President of the BDG, Prof. Maurice Iwu, said the two-day symposium and exhibitions were bringing together agriculturalists who grow the herbs, the herbalists who use them, the research scientists and the businessmen who sell the food supplements.
The Vice Chancellor of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka , Prof Charles Esimone, in his speech titled, ‘Health and wealth in our forests,’ said there was growth in the food supplement market saying that foods ought to be medicinal.