Lagos - The Lagos State Government has reiterated its determination to ensure food security in the state.
It also assured the citizens that it would create an enabling environment for them to have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to maintain a healthy life.
The state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, gave the assurance at an event to commemorate 2015 World Food Day in Lagos.
Represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Dr Olajide Basorun, the governor noted that the theme of this year’s World Food Day; ‘Social Protection and Agriculture: Breaking the Cycle of Rural Poverty’ was a clarion call to the government and the people to synergize and ensure food security for all.
"We have to synergise and work together. Government will provide the necessary infrastructure and policies to enhance food security by encouraging more people to be involved in the process of subsistence farming," he said.
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Ambode said the consumption pattern in Lagos, as a mega city, was expected to triple within the decade stressing that there was no better time than now for all citizens and stakeholders to engage in farming.
He said that government had provided many incentives and inputs for enterprising residents in the state to engage in farming, which included establishing farm estates in Ikorodu, Epe and Badagry.
"We therefore have to imbibe lessons from the theme of today’s celebration and encourage active participation in farming.
"Already, we have put in place structures that would encourage our children acquire basic knowledge about integrated farming skills and contribute their quota to the food basket of Lagos State”, he noted.
The Governor also said government had acquired land in Ogun, Osun and the Federal Capital Territory with a view to allocating plots of land to interested farmers, in line with its policy of making available arable land for farming.
Ambode said the government had also concluded plans to collaborate with Kebbi state government on the development of the Rice Value Chain in the state.
Ambode enjoined the private sector and stakeholders in the agro-enterprise value chain to invest in the additional milling facilities to produce enough local rice to put a stop to its importation.
The week long activities featured series of events which included quiz competition for secondary schools, the 2015 All Farmers Forum and Agricultural Show and Exhibition.