LASG supports farmers to boost food production

The Lagos State Government has empowered 1,252 farmers to boost food production and ensure self sufficiency in the state.

A statement on Thursday stated that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode spoke during the inauguration of the 2019 Agricultural Value Chains Empowerment Programme.

Ambode, who was represented by the Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr Oluwatoyin Suarau, said the scheme was also a strategic approach to improve the standard of living of small holder farmers, fishermen and agro processors.

He noted that food security became a major challenge due to the drastic decline in oil revenue, adding that it had become imperative to conserve foreign exchange by reviving the agricultural sector through programmes that would encourage more people to go into farming and increase food production.

“Our objective is to make our communities liveable and centres of economic activities. This strategy, we believe, will reverse the trend of rural to urban migration and also make farming more attractive, especially to young people”, the governor said.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Dr Olayiwole Onasanya, said the state government, through various farming enterprises, was working towards food sufficiency.
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