The Lagos State government has empowered about 1,750 households with Agricultural productive assets and inputs.
The move according to the State is to boost the State economy and attain food security status which forms its cardinal objectives as it strives to triumph in the 21st Century economy.
The Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu at the flag off ceremony of the 2019 Agricultural Value Chains Empowerment Programme, said that the Agricultural actors were empowered to allow them become financial independent.
“As part of the efforts of this administration at making Lagos a 21st century economy, with Agricultural sector playing a vital role in sustainable food security and diversifying the economy, we have develop a five-year Agricultural Roadmap with the theme ‘A sustainable and Inclusive Growth Strategy with the citizens at the core.’
“The Road-map focuses on the development of agricultural value chains where the State has competitive and comparative advantages including the provision and availability of improved inputs, increased productivity and production.” he said
The Governor who was represented by his Deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat mentioned that the State in the months ahead will implement various projects in the agricultural space that are targeted at revolutionizing food production in the State.
The Commissioner for Agriculture, Prince Gbolahan Lawal explained that the State since 2014 has empowered over 9,000 farmers, fishermen, processors and marketers which has invariably raised food supply from 18% in 2014 to 25% of total food demand in the State.
Commissioner said: “The Agricultural Value Chains empowerment is not only targeted at farmers who are the direct beneficiaries, but also at service providers, transporters, input manufacturers and suppliers within the system whose services are required for the successful implementation of the project.”
“The implementation of this project will significantly improve the standard of living of fish farmers, fishermen marketers and agro-processors in the State, expand food production by 3%, increase revenue to the State Government in form of taxes and other levies.”
The project will also create direct employment opportunities for 1,000 youths as farmers, processors and marketers across the Value Chains through farm expansion