The Lagos State Government on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 marked the World Food Day. During the ceremony, the state Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr Oluwatoyin Suarau briefed the Press at Alausa, Ikeja as part of activities and unveiled the theme of the celebration tagged “Change the Future of Migration: Investment in Food Security and Rural Development” which brings to fore the various challenges Nigeria faces in terms of migration and food security.
“I wish to emphasize that the Lagos State government through the Ministry of Agriculture has developed agricultural initiatives aimed at addressing these challenges, the recent breakthrough in the rice-agric business readily comes to mind, considering the collaboration between Lagos and Kebbi States on large production, processing and distribution of the LAKE Rice product”, Suarau said.
Suarau in his statement said the establishment of an Agricultural Estate Initiative, including the promotion of vegetable production using greenhouse technology, cage and pen culture in fisheries production, strengthening of the farm settlement initiative and empowerment of farmers are some of the initiatives aimed to further improve agricultural development and sustainable food security in Lagos.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Food Security, Mr. Ganiyu Sanni Okanlawon asserted that the State Government especially since inception of the the present administration has embarked on agricultural policies and programmes that will enhance food security.
While calling on stakeholders and investors, especially those in the private sector to collaborate with the State Government on its efforts to enhance agriculture through the introduction of programmes in vegetable, poultry, cassava and fishery farming including various forms of agro-processing programmes to the youths.