The Lagos State Government has assured farmers in the state of its continuous support to boost and create an enabling environment for optimum food production.
Mr Gbolahan Lawal, the Commissioner for Agriculture gave the assurance at a Farmers’ Forum organised by the ministry in commemoration of this year’s World Food Day.
The World Food Day is celebrated every year around the world on Oct. 16 in honour of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN in 1945.
Lawal said the government appreciated the myriad of problems farmers faced in the process of getting their produce to the consumer.
The commissioner was represented by Dr Olayiwole Onasanya, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry
He said that the feedback would guide and help government formulate and initiate new projects and programmes that would enhance agriculture development in the state.
“From our interactions with the farmers, key issues such as land encroachment, processing of produce, market for the produce, youth empowerment and technology have been identified to be the most pressing challenges confronting them,” he said.
Lawal said that 1,700 youths and women farmers had been assisted under the Agro Processing Productivity and Livelihood Enhancement Empowerment Support (APPEALS) project in the state.
“The World Food Day is celebrated annually by the United Nations and Nigeria is no exception; in this year’s celebration, we will ensure that the theme is given the necessary attention it deserves.
“All the activities for the celebration are in line with the creation of a sustainable system of agriculture in Lagos state,” he said.