UA-201076440-1 Food security: Lagos government urges citizens to embrace agribusiness

 Lagos State Government has stressed the need for
 citizens to engage in agricultural business in order
 to bridge the food shortage gap and target in the 
country, particularly in Lagos State as well as ensuring food security for its teeming populace.

The state government, however, commended farmers for their contributions, hard work and vigour in ensuring that the food supply chain was not broken especially during the COVID-19 lockdown.

The state Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms Abisola Olusanya gave the urge and commendation on Sunday, at the December edition of the Eko City Farmers’ Fair and Farmers’ Appreciation Day, at the Ndubusi Kanu Park, Alausa, Ikeja.

Olusanya, explained that in view of the global economic realities and challenges off COVID-19 pandemic, it is expedient for citizens and residents to embrace agribusiness in line with one of the pillars of THEMES’ agenda of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu led administration.

“Agribusiness is the business of agricultural production which involves the production, protection, sales and marketing of the product to satisfy the customers need.

“There is no better time to invest in agribusiness than now. There abound greater opportunities

She explained that the agricultural sector deserved a lot of attention and has been getting such from the State Government noting that the administration of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu intends to increase the attention moving forward.

According to her, the year 2020 has been a special and peculiar one with the coronavirus pandemic ravaging the world at large and Lagos State being the epicentre of the COVID-19 activity in Nigeria making the agricultural sector the second most impacted sector after health by the pandemic.

“We need to understand the importance of our farmers in the scheme of things; without farmers, the Nigeria of today cannot survive.

“We know what happened during the lockdown when people thought they were not going to get access to food but yet our farmers came through for us.

“Many thanks to you our dear farmers, you stood by us by ensuring that the food supply chain was not broken at any time. It was stretched yes, but with your efforts and God’s grace, it was not broken.

“All these express the thought and sentiment behind the Farmers’ Appreciation and Award day. Let there be no doubt in your minds concerning how appreciative this administration is when it comes to your contributions to ‘Making Lagos a 21st Century Economy’. What we are doing today is the least we can do to appreciate you,” Olusanya stated.


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