World Food Day: Lagos reaffirms commitment to food sufficiency
As Lagos join the rest of the World in marking year 2016 World Food Day celebration, themed “Climate is Changing: Food and Agriculture must too”, the State Government has reiterated its commitment towards ensuring sufficient food production by attracting more Investors.
Speaking during the “Walk Against Hunger”, a fitness walk organized by Ministry of Agriculture in commemoration of the year 2016 World Food Day celebration in Ikeja, the State Commissioner for Agriculture, Hon. Toyin Suarau, said the administration of Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode is committed to reducing the level of poverty in the State by involving all and sundry in the process of developing the sector.
He stated that government has continued to provide direct technical assistance and advisory services to farmers through field extension officers who work in communities to enhance increase in food production and profit, in order to increase their standard of living as well as provide job opportunities and create wealth for the unemployed.
Suarau disclosed that the State Government will continue to collaborate with any organization or individual that is directly or indirectly contributing to the achievement of food sufficiency and safety in the State, adding that the partnership will come with range of benefits in line with the vision of the administration in making Lagos a foremost Agro independent and exporting State in Africa while creating job opportunities for its citizenry.
According to him, “There are a lot of investment opportunities in agriculture. Investors are invited to invest in our various value chains, be it poultry, aqua culture, vegetable, rice, red meat, coconut, piggery and others”.
While decrying the level of food production which is less than 20% of what is consumed in the State, the Commissioner said more investment in agriculture would increase youth development as they are expected to take over from the aged farmers in producing food for the teeming Lagosians and for the State to be self-sufficient in food production.
“The World Food Day is marked by the State Government as a way to focus on the state of food security and efforts of different sectors to meet challenges as well as celebrate the achievement of stakeholders” Suarau disclosed.
He said this year’s weeklong event will feature activities including Walk Against Hunger, Agricultural shows, Farmers’ forum and School quiz competition among others.