FREE FISH INPUTS FOR FISH FARMS IN NIGERIA’S LAGOS STATE
As part of measures to promote food security in Lagos State, the State Government has launched its programme of distributing farming inputs, free of charge, to 20,000 farmers across 20 local government areas and 37 council development areas in the State. Before the items were procured, officials of the Ministry of Agriculture carried out a needs assessment of the requirements of the farmers.
Speaking at the launch at the Secretariat of the Ikorodu Local Government, the Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms. Abisola Olusanya, said that the programme was part of government’s efforts to ensure food security in the state.
She said that ‘The 2022 Agricultural Value Chains Enterprise Activation and Farmers’ Support Programme, which is being flagged off today, is designed to provide agricultural inputs and production assets to 120 fishing and farming clusters/communities across the twenty Local Government Areas and 37 Local Council Development Areas of the State. In all, over 20,000 fisherfolks and farmers will benefit from the programme while budgetary provision has been made to accommodate a larger number of Value Chain Actors in the 2023 edition of the programme.
Left to Right: Mrs. Olatokunbo Emokpae, Lagos State Permanent Secretary for Agriculture,
Mr. Wasiu Adesina, Chairman, Ikorodu Local Government Council,
Mr. Wasiu Adesina Lagos
Ms. Abisola Olusanya, State Commissioner for Agriculture
Mr. Wasiu Adesina, Ayangburen of Ikorodu
Dr Oluwarotimi Fashola, Lagos State Permanent Secretary for Agriculture
She said that other youth centred projects projects were being implemented, including the Lagos Agripreneurship Programme with the goal of training 15,000 youths with a passion for agriculture. 3,000 of them have been trained, she said, and an additional 1,200 are scheduled to be trained this year. ‘Aside from these’, she said, ‘this Administration has trained 51,476 and empowered 25,691 women and youth in different agricultural value chains, such as the Cage & Pen Culture, Poultry, Rice Production, Snail Rearing, Bee Keeping, Coconut Arts & Craft amongst others, using various government platforms’.