Prince Gbolahan Lawal, the Lagos State Commissioner for Agriculture, says private sector involvement will boost agriculture investment, development and job opportunities in the state.
Lawal made the assertion in a keynote address at a one-day Agricultural Stakeholders Engagement in Ikeja.
The commissioner urged stakeholders to project agriculture as a combination of business and development that would stimulate investment in the state.
“I have no doubts in my mind that this will lead to increase in Internally Generated revenue (IGR) for the state government on one hand, as well as leverage potential of other states and access to the Lagos markets.
“Lagos is the melting port of Nigeria; Lagos has GDP that is equal to over 16 West African countries. If we ignore Lagos, am sure we all know what will happen to Nigeria.
“Food security is a very paramount sector that we, as government in the last 30 years, have serious and concerted efforts to ensure that we have food security and essentially, food self-sufficiency in Lagos.
“We don’t want to remain on the food sufficiency or self-sufficiency level, but we want to become an exporting country,” he said.
Ms Abisola Olusanya, Special Adviser to the Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Agriculture, said the summit was a pointer to the readiness of the state government to revitalise the already existing and introduce new technology-based initiative.
Olusanya said the initiative would achieve food security, improved nutrition, employment generation and improve economic prosperity through a combination of business and social development platforms in partnership with the private sector.
“We are gathered here today as stakeholders in agric-space with varying interest, but a common goal to examine the competitively advantageous value chains of Lagos State and develop a living road map that will be implemented by this administration.
“It is our hope that this summit will generate life transformation ideas, collaborations and partnerships that will lead to improved productivity, environmental sustenance and profitability for all stakeholders and Lagosians.
The summit featured syndicate session on rice, red meat, poultry, fisheries and vegetables farming to develop a five-year road map for the state.