Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said the state government will soon launch a mechanization program, labeled the “Eko Agro Mechanization Program” with the purchase of 14 new tractors and ‘ancillary equipment for state farmers.
Sanwo-Olu, who said this over the weekend at the grand finale of this year’s World Food Day celebration in the state, explained that the program is part of efforts to ensure safety food in the state.
The governor, who spoke through the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Hakeem Adeniji, noted that the program would also ensure that more land is used, thus increasing the state’s economic contribution through agricultural mechanization.
He added, however, that the equipment is to be operated under the operating model known as Tractor-On-the-Go (TOG).
“As part of efforts to achieve our goal of food security by using more land and increasing the state’s economic contribution through agricultural mechanization, we will soon be starting a mechanization program, labeled the ‘Mechanization Program. Eko Agro ”with the purchase of Fourteen (14) new tractors and auxiliary equipment for farmers in the State.
“This equipment will be used according to the operational model known as the Tractor in Motion (TOG),” said the governor.
Governor Sanwo-Olu added that the state government would also improve existing agricultural infrastructure in some rural farming communities to reconnect agricultural value chain actors to input and product markets.
To this end, he stressed that water and sanitation facilities will also be improved in 69 wet markets across the state under the “LAGOS CARES” program with a view to reassuring security in these markets.
Sanwo-Olu noted that this program is expected to reach no less than 15,000 households and create no less than 25,000 jobs for agribusinesses, thus making a significant contribution to the state food basket that will bring farmers back on the road to recovery. economic after COVID-19 pandemic.
“From this year, the Federal Government, through the FADAMA State Development Office domiciled in the Ministry of Agriculture, will provide a relief program, albeit minimal, to poor and vulnerable farmers and existing transformation within the framework of the World Bank assisted by the World Bank. Stimulus labeled “NG CARES” “Program to help poor households with agricultural inputs.
“Production and processing assets, as well as hands-on training on improved management practices and advisory services. This will boost the productivity of individual businesses, increase yields and improve food security in the state.
“Based on the above, we will improve existing agricultural infrastructure in some rural farming communities to reconnect agricultural value chain actors to input and product markets.
“To reassure security in our markets, water and sanitation facilities will also be improved in 69 wet markets across the State as part of the“ LAGOS CARES ”program.
“It is worth mentioning that this program is expected to impact approximately 15,000 households and make significant contributions to the state food basket, which will put our farmers back on the path to economic recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will create no less than 25,000 jobs for agribusinesses, ”said the governor.
He added that the state government would also consider establishing an “Agritech Center” at the dairy farm complex, Agege to accelerate the development of smart solutions leading to increased agricultural productivity and address the challenges of food insecurity. state as well as diversify the economy.
Sanwo-Olu reiterated the state government’s commitment to intensify its efforts to support farmers, encourage small and medium-scale agro-industries and create an enabling environment for private sector participation in agriculture, adding that this will contribute greatly to the growth of the economy through agriculture and food sufficiency.
The Governor congratulated the Agriculture Commissioner and her team for implementing her administration’s program to promote food security for the benefit of all in Lagos State.
Earlier, Agriculture Commissioner Abisola Olusanya, who spoke through Director of Agriculture Services Abiola Ayoade, noted that the annual edition of the celebration of World Food Day has was enriched with a series of activities during the week-long celebration that culminated in the grand finale. during the weekend.
World Food Day is celebrated annually to raise awareness of the importance and necessity of food security and access to food and nutrition, especially among vulnerable people, in society. .