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Iri Ji festival: Imo gives condition for participation

Owerri – As various communities in Imo celebrate the 2009 ‘Iri Ji’ festival, the state government has said that it would identify with only those celebrating the indigenous variety of yam.

Chief Longers Anyanwu, the State Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, disclosed the government’s position in Owerri at the weekend, while  speaking with newsmen.

Anyanwu explained that the decision was aimed at ensuring that communities planted the indigenous variety of yams which, according to him are more nutritious and palatable than others.

He underscored the importance of the ‘Iri Ji’ festival in Igbo land and stressed the need to preserve the tradition without any adulteration.

Anyanwu declared, “any traditional ruler who wants me or any other official to attend the festival, must invite me to witness the planting of the yam and that is the beginning.

Secondly, we have our native sweet yams and all these nutritious ones we must exhibit during the ceremony.


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