Over 2,700 farmers in Lagos State would today receive agricultural inputs and productive assets under the State Government 2020 Agricultural Value Chains Empowerment Programme.
The State Acting Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms. Abisola Olusanya last week said that farmers, agro-processors, fishermen, butchers and marketers would all 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 also said that the aim of the empowerment programme was to provide the necessary inputs and assets needed by farmers to improve food production in the State in an effort targeted toward increasing the State’s self-sufficiency to 40% of food needs by 2023.
The Acting Commissioner expressed hope that the Empowerment Programme would significantly improve the standard of living of farmers, fishermen, marketers, butchers, marketers and agro-processors in the State through the expansion of their food production activities.
She pointed out that the Programme was not only targeted at farmers who would be the direct beneficiaries, but also at service providers, transporters, input manufacturers and suppliers within the system whose services would be required for the successful implementation of the project.
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 social distancing rule of the State Government.
The Redemption of the Empowerment will run simultaneously at the Farm Service Center, Agege; Johnson Agiri Agricultural Complex, Oko-Oba, Agege; Ikorodu Fish Farm Estate, Ikorodu; Agricultural Training Institute, Araga, Epe; and Mowo, Badagry.