The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has directed the State Ministry of Agriculture to commence and ensure non-stop sales of Lake Rice in all designated sales centre across the State. In addition, the Governor has approved the creation of more sale centres to ensure increased access to the product.
Speaking on the development, the State Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr. Oluwatoyin Suarau, while reviewing the plans of carrying out the Governor’s directives, noted that the directive was part of the strategy to increase access to and ensure effective distribution of the rice across the State.
Suarau disclosed that the newly created sales centres, aside the existing designated centers in the 57 LGs/LCDAs in the state that would be used for the non-stop sales of the products are; Farm Service Centre, Odogunyan-Ikorodu; Farmers Mart, Surulere; Agric Input Supply Authority (LAISA), Ojo; Agricultural Development Authority (ADA), Oko Oba, Agege and Lagos Television (LTV) Complex, Agidingbi-Ikeja.
While assuring Lagos residents that the state government would strive to ensure the continuous availability of the product in both existing and new sales centres, Suarau said that work was in progress to ensure adequate supply across the State.
“The need to ensure that Lake Rice circulate into the nooks and crannies of the state is key in our drive to attain food sufficiency. Food production and self-sufficiency have been given priority attention at State’s policy and strategic levels, this is aimed at sustaining Lagos because our state is the largest consumer of food commodity in Nigeria,” he stated.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner stressed that the price of the rice had not changed, adding that the state government would continue to maintain the price of the product to make it affordable to citizens.