The Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, says the state government is directly identifying about 10,000 farmers to benefit from the 200 million dollars World Bank agricultural intervention fund in the state.
Hamzat said this when he hosted the World Bank team on Agro-Processing Productivity Enhancement and Livelihood Improvement Support Project (APPEALS) led by Dr Amin Babaji in his office at Alausa, Ikeja.
The deputy governor said that out of the 10,000 farmers, 35 per cent would be women while 10 per cent each would be people with disability and youths.
“The APPEALS project is in line with the Federal Government’s drive to diversify the economy, hence this administration is in support of the project.
“The essence is to improve agriculture value chain and the significant advantage for Lagos is in aquaculture, poultry and rice production.
“We want to assist our farmers involved in these three areas of agriculture in order to up their production, processing and preservation which is a whole lot of value chain,” Hamzat said.
He said that the project would also focus on the production of egg powder which would help in eggs preservation and curbing wastage.
“If you are able to convert egg into egg powder, farmers will save more and and export the powder across the world.
“The reason for choosing to go into poultry, fish and rice farming is because we can improvise.
“With technology and better seedlings we can maximize the little land in Lagos thereby producing and also processing ,which is what we are trying to achieve,” Hamzat said.
The project is being implemented in six states in the federation.