LASG Empowers 1,750 Farmers with Agricultural Produce.
Written by adebanke adekoya on December 12, 2019
As part of efforts to reduce poverty and attain food sufficiency, the Lagos State Government has empowered one thousand seven hundred and fifty persons in this year’s edition of its Agricultural Value Chains programme.
The beneficiaries were given agricultural productive assets and inputs free of charge at a ceremony in Ikeja area of the State.
The items include fertilizer, cows, fish fingerlings, poultry, eggs, grain seeds, as well as farm produce processing machines and outboard engines for fishing boats.
In an address, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said the programme is in line with his administration’s five-year agricultural roadmap and the vision to make the State a 21st Century Economy.
Governor Sanwo-Olu who was represented by his Deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat canvassed the active participation of all stakeholders in the agric value chains to mitigate the challenges of food supply in the State.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Agriculture, Prince Gbolahan Lawal explained that the programme was a platform to channel the needed support to smallholder farmers who are actively engaged in the various value chains to enable them to create more wealth and job opportunities.
According to the Commissioner, in addition to boosting food security, the implementation of the programme is also expected to impact on the State’s revenue generation as those empowered would be able to pay tax.
He appealed to the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the inputs for maximum benefits.
Correspondent Omolara Omosanya reports that whilesome of the beneficiaries within the Lagos Metropolis who were present at the event received the empowerment items immediately, those in other locations, including Ikorodu, Epe and Lagos Island would be getting theirs over the next few days.