Lagos – The Lagos State Government, on Thursday, empowered no fewer than 1252 farmers across the state under its Agricultural Value Chain Empowerment Programme.
The farmers were empowered with fish-drying kilns, plastic crates, collapsible water tanks, and out-board engines among others.
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, while speaking at the flag-off of the empowerment ceremony, which held at the Police College in Ikeja, said that the programme was aimed to reduce poverty in the state and to also boost their productive capacities in line with the state’s food security objective.
According to him, food security became a major challenge as a result of the drastic decline in oil revenue, stressing that it has now become imperative to conserve foreign exchange by reviving the agricultural sector through policies and programmes that will encourage more people to go into farming and increase food production.
“Our objective is to make our communities livable and centre of economic activities. This strategy, we believe, will reverse the trend of rural to urban migration and also make farming more attractive especially to young people,” he said.
While stressing that his administration was committed to ensuring food self-sufficiency for the teeming population through well designed and thought initiatives, the governor said his administration would not relent in its effort to encourage farming activities in the rural communities by reducing the infrastructural gap between rural and urban centres.