At least 2,743 Lagos-based farmers are to receive input and productive assets, next Tuesday, in line with the city’s Agricultural Value Chains Empowerment Programme.
According to the State’s Acting Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms. Abisola Olusanya, farmers, agro-processors, fishermen, butchers and marketers would benefit from the empowerment programme, as productive assets peculiar to all the agricultural value chains would be made available to them at no cost.
She said that the Agricultural Value Chains Empowerment Programme has been designed as a means of channelling the needed support to small-holder farmers who are actively engaged in the various Agricultural Value Chains, thereby creating further wealth and job opportunities in farming communities.
She also explained that the empowerment programme aimed at providing necessary inputs and assets needed by farmers to improve food production in the State. She noted that state targets increasing its self-sufficiency to 40% of food needs by 2023.
“The overall aim of the Agricultural Value Chains Empowerment Programme is to provide the necessary agricultural inputs and productive assets to farmers as a means of achieving improved food production and supply as well as delivering optimum economic benefits to farmers and other operators”, she averred.
Olusanya expressed hope that the Empowerment Programme would significantly improve the standard of living of farmers, fishermen, marketers, butchers, and agro-processors in the State through the expansion of their food production activities.
She pointed out that the Programme was targeted at farmers who would be the direct beneficiaries, as well as service providers, transporters, input manufacturers and suppliers within the system whose services would be required for the successful implementation of the project.
“The Empowerment Programme would further contribute to the achievement of the vision of ‘Making Lagos a 21st Century Economy’ and also the attainment of United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals 1, 2, 5, 8, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 17 of no poverty, zero hunger, gender equality, decent work and economic growth, reduced inequality, responsible consumption and production, climate action, life below water, life on land as well as partnership to achieve the goal would be met”, she asserted.
She explained that, since the inception of the Empowerment Programme in 2014, a total of 11,233 farmers, fishermen, butchers, processors and marketers have been empowered, adding that as a result, food supply in Lagos has been raised from 18% in 2014 to 25% of total food demand in 2019.
According to her, only representatives of farmer’s Associations would receive the agricultural inputs on behalf of members of their Associations at the event in order to accommodate the physical distancing rule of the State Government.
“The implementation of this Programme, in view of the COVID-19 Pandemic and the social distancing regulations recommended by Government to control the spread of the disease, informed our decision to invite only representatives of farmers’ Associations to receive the agricultural inputs on behalf of members of their Associations at this event and thereafter input redemption by other beneficiaries will take place in three other centres at Agege, Ikorodu and Epe”, she revealed.
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