LASG Advocates Increased Participation in Farming and Preventing Post-Harvest Losses to Eradicate Hunger.
Written by Metro FM on October 16, 2019
REPORT BY OMOLARA OMOSANYA
Boosting agricultural production and preventing post-harvest losses remain some of the most effective ways to fight poverty and hunger.
This was the submission of Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu in a message to a farmers’ fair organised in conjunction with private sector participants to mark this year’s World Food Day at the Police College parade ground in Ikeja area of the State.
The Governor noted that the theme of this year’s celebration, “Our Actions Our Future: Healthy Diets for a Zero Hunger World” speaks to the need for collective action towards increasing food production and ensuring that adequate attention is paid to the quality of food being consumed.
He said all citizens must imbibe the lessons learnt from the dwindling returns from oil and encourage family participation in farming so that most of their basic needs could be met locally.
Represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Mrs Folasade Jaji, the Governor said his administration has sustained and even got more acres of land in other States for the cultivation of produce, including rice.
“We have also put this to practice in our schools where we have established different farming enterprises to train and teach the students in modern farming techniques. Sanwo-Olu said.
In his remarks, the Commissioner for Agriculture, Prince Gbolahan Lawal pointed out that the State Government’s efforts including the cultivation of crops under irrigation farming, and the use of greenhouses to combat the unfavourable impacts of climate change have been yielding results.
The Chief Executive Officer of one of the corporate organisations that sponsored the event, Ms Abimbola Okoya-Thomas said her organisation had been supporting both the Federal and State Governments efforts by investing billions of naira to assist rural smallholders farmers under its ‘Wealth is Here” campaign.
She promised that the Foundation would continue to support partnerships to eradicate hunger in Nigeria.
Highlights of the carnival-like event were the presentation of awards to three secondary schools whose students emerged winners of the quiz competition to mark the World Food Day, presentation of Prizes to those adjudged the best amongst the farmers and a parade of produce, livestocks and natural products made from farms in all the 57 Council Areas in the State.