In a bid to improve access to markets and guarantee food security in Lagos state, the FADAMA III Project Coordinator, Mr Adewole Obayemi has disclosed that a 13.6km farm access road would be inaugurated in Itoikin, Epe Local Government Area (LGA), of the state.
He said that this was the second component of the project.
“The second component of the project is the Small Scale Community Infrastructure. FADAMA as a project supports our farming communities with roads. Currently, under our farm project, we are constructing a 13.6km road in Itoikin, Epe, which is almost completed. Hopefully by the end of the month, it will be completed.
roads were also being constructed in Ibeju-Lekki and Badagry.
“We are supporting our farming communities with rice paddy storage facilities. As we speak, we have two aggregation centers; we have one constructed in Itoikin and in Ikoiga in Badagry,’’ he said.
Obayemi explained that the project was also encouraging all season farming with its pilot irrigation scheme known as the Center Pivot.
According to him, the project’s contribution to rice development in the state which is its core responsibility has led to rice yields increasing from 2.5 metric tonnes (MT) to 4 MT per hectare.
“As a project, we want to encourage all season farming, we do not want to depend on the rain-fed agriculture alone, and as you know, irrigation is capital intensive. In Itoikin, Epe, a rice producing community, we have a pilot irrigation scheme known as Center Pivot model on a 20 acre of land. That irrigation system is a sprinkler system that rotates around the farm.”
“We also provide boreholes, coverts where it is measured, drying slabs for rice processors under the small scale community infrastructure,’’ he said.
Obayemi added the project had supported over 1,000 farmers in Lagos with machine grants for input in the last three years