The Lagos State government has reiterated its commitment to ensuring that residents consume hygienic foods.
The state Commissioner for Agriculture, Prince Gbolahan Lawal, stated this when members of the Perishable Goods’ Dealers and Sellers Association paid him a courtesy visit at Alausa, Ikeja.
Lawal said that it would be irresponsible of any governments to turn blind eyes to the manner in which fruits and vegetables were being transported in and around the state.
According to him, government is interested in forming a sustainable synergy with all stakeholders in the agricultural sector in the state.
He said that the synergy would help to create short and long term solutions to food transportation system in the state.
”Fruits sellers should not allow products that are transported in an unhealthy way into the markets. There are plans to establish a farm produce market.
“The state government will look at how the sector can be overseen to ensure productivity of the market.
“We will hold another meeting with the association to address all the issues and concerns raised here,” he said.
The commissioner noted that the issues raised were fallouts of the recent agricultural stakeholders’ engagement, organised by the ministry to come up with policies that would ensure that Lagosians consumed wholesome products.
Shola Olaleye, Consultant to the association, appealed to the government to ensure that adequate spaces were allocated to members in various markets.
Olaleye acknowledged the importance of the state as a depot for most farm produces from other states in the country.
He expressed the association’s readiness to support the government to ensure proper control of how goods were transported into the state.