LASG COMMITTED TO ENHANCING AGRICULTURAL
PRODUCTIVITY OF FARMERS - AGRIC COMMISSIONER
... As World Bank, FG, beneficiaries
commend Lagos APPEALS Project
The Lagos State Government is strongly
committed to enhancing the agricultural productivity of small and medium-scale
farmers as well as improving value addition along the agricultural value chains
in line with the core objectives of the Lagos Agro-Processing, Productivity
Enhancement and livelihood Improvement Support (APPEALS) Project.
Lagos State Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms.
Abisola Olusanya, stated this on Monday during the Federal Government/World
Bank Eighth Implementation Support Mission visit to the Lagos State held at
Agege in Lagos.
She said: “The implementation of APPEALS
project in Lagos State through capacity building and technology adoption
support to our farmers has positively increased productivity of rice paddy in
the State from 1.5 MT to 2.5 MT / Ha and 2.0 -3.56 MT/ Ha for Ofada and FARRO
44 respectively, Catfish productivity has increased from 100 Kg/ m3 to 151.3 Kg
/ m3, and in poultry, Broiler has increased from 1.8 Kg/ bird per cycle to 2.5
“The processed output and sales of products
for the value chains follow the same trend such that the aquaculture farmers
supported by APPEALS project have produced 307.948 MT Fresh Tilapia and are
expanding day by day. By virtue of our abundant water resources with as much as
20 percent of the State made up of water, we are a natural hub for aquaculture.
“APPEALS project has continued to promote
productivity enhancement technologies and promotion of value addition through
demonstration of improved technologies. These have directly been delivered on
the Project Development Objective. Most of these technologies were confirmed
through administrative data, though an output survey is in the process of being
rolled out to confirm the figures.
“I must say that the inclusion of the Women
and Youth Empowerment Programme in the design of this project is a novel idea
because agriculture offers our people, especially our youths, an opportunity to
make a difference, especially through effective deployment of technology in the
sector, for improved productivity and the attainment of our food security and
safety goals on one hand, and our job creation agenda on the other. I am a
strong believer that increased involvement of young Nigerians in agriculture
will help tackle various longstanding challenges facing the sector.”
Also speaking the Permanent Secretary for the
Ministry of Agriculture, Mrs. Olatokunbo Emokpae, said “Lagos State’s vision of
making Africa’s Model Mega City and Global Economic and Financial Hub is hinged
on the six pillars of the State’s THEMES developmental agenda of the present
administration of Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu. It is important to mention that
agriculture is embedded among the pillars in ensuring that the State attains a
21st-century economy because of its obvious roles in food, industrial and
In his address, the National Project
Coordinator of APPEALS, Mohammed Jobdi, commended Lagos State Government for
its top-notch performance in its implementation of the Agro-Processing,
Productivity Enhancement and livelihood Improvement Support (APPEALS) Project.
He said the visit to Lagos APPEALS Project
and the other five states, earlier visited by the World Bank and Federal
Government team was to review the project’s implementation and give stakeholders
the opportunity to rub minds regarding the issues, challenges and constraints
being faced for greater outputs.
The Task Team Leader of the World Bank
Mission to Lagos, Dr. Adetunji Oredipe, hailed the Lagos APPEALS Project's
commitment to farmers in the State, noting that the implementation of the
project in the state had really improved the livelihood of women and youths as
well as enhancing outputs in the agricultural value chain.
He said the reports of the activities of the
Lagos APPEALS Project are commendable, adding that they will continue to
sustain the project with investment in the state to get the desired results in
order to do things differently and finish well.
The Lagos State Project Coordinator of
APPEALS, Mrs. Oluranti Sagoe-Oviebo, commended Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu's
administration's commitment to improving the livelihood of farmers in the State
through agriculture, adding that the State Government has been of tremendous
support for the implementation and success story of APPEALS Project in Lagos
Speaking earlier, the representative of the
farmers who benefited from the Lagos APPEALS Project, Alhaja Nurat Atoba
thanked the State government for its efforts and said the project had helped to
improve their livelihood in the price regulation, technology, infrastructure,
production and e-marketing.
Atoba, who is the President of Lagos State
Catfish and Allied Farmers Association, said farmers in Lagos State have
benefited immensely from the three value chains of the Lagos APPEALS Project,
which are aquaculture, poultry and rice.
Lagos State Catfish and Allied Farmers
Association also presented awards to Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi
Hamzat; Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms. Abisola Olusanya; Permanent Secretary
for Ministry of Agriculture, Mrs. Olatokunbo Emokpae; National Project
Coordinator of APPEALS, Mohammed Jobdi and Lagos State Project Coordinator of
APPEALS, Mrs. Oluranti Sagoe-Oviebo, to appreciate the contributions of Lagos
State Government and APPEALS Project to improved productivity of farmers in