Association calls for sustained efforts on rice production initiative


The Africa United Youth in Agriculture (AYUA) has on Wednesday urged the Lagos state governor-elect, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to sustain the state’s Lake Rice initiative of incumbent Governor Akinwumi Ambode.

The association’s President, Mr. Temitope Odetola, said in Lagos that apart from the lake rice initiative, the governor-elect should also look into more inter-state agricultural partnerships.

Odetola said that the Lake Rice initiative was a laudable project but advised that the state should not limit its partnership potential to Kebbi State alone, adding that states like Bauchi should be partnered on aquaculture.

Speaking on empowerment for farmers, Odetola said that the state had yet to get it right because farmers who benefit from such programmes were repeated every year.

He explained that there should be discipline and fairness in the distribution process and the criteria for beneficiaries under empowerment programmes.

He also urged the governor-elect to revive most dilapidating agriculture inputs of the state that were set up under the Babatunde Fashola administration. Adding that farm access roads should be rehabilitated mostly around Epe area of the state.