… 120 Fishing, Farming Clusters Across 57 Councils To Benefit

The Lagos State Ministry of Agriculture has launched its free distribution of agricultural inputs and production assets to 20,000 farmers in 120 farming and fishing clusters across the 20 Local Government Areas and 37 Local Council Development Areas of the State.

Speaking at the flag-off of the scheme held recently at the Secretariat of Ikorodu Local Government, the Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms. Abisola Olusanya said the initiative was part of the comprehensive plan of the State Government to drive food security by supporting farming and farmers to thrive.

She said a needs assessment was conducted by officials of the Ministry to get the view of farmers as to the required production assets to boost farming, and that the inputs distributed were as a result of their responses.

According to her, “The 2022 Agricultural Value Chains Enterprise Activation and Farmers’ Support Programme, which is being flagged off today, is designed to provide agricultural inputs and production assets to 120 fishing and farming clusters/communities across the 20 Local Government Areas and 37 Local Council Development Areas of the State”.

“In all, over 20,000 fisherfolks and farmers will benefit from the programme while budgetary provision has been made to accommodate a larger number of Value Chain Actors in the 2023 edition of the programme. I express profound appreciation to Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, the Governor of Lagos State for his immense support to agricultural development in the State”, Olusanya stated.

She said the attainment of food security had consistently been a major policy thrust of the Sanwo-Olu administration given its relevance in promoting the health and well-being of citizens and the achievement of the State Government’s T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda, especially the fourth Pillar of Making Lagos a 21st Century Economy.

She said, “In this regard, the Ministry developed a Five-Year Agricultural and Food System Roadmap to galvanise public, private, and donor agency efforts in the development of agriculture in the State’s economy. The Roadmap also provides solutions for the wholesomeness of food items, reduction in post-harvest losses, and improving linkages with the industry concerning backward integration as well as access to financial services and markets. This is expected to scale food production from 20% demand to the projected 40% by the year, 2025”.

While pointing out that in furtherance of the roadmap various programmmes and projects were designed and implemented to facilitate the attainment of the vision, create jobs, and promote livelihood sustenance for the Value Chain Actors, the Commissioner averred that the key challenge is the ageing farmers and fishermen population and catching the interest of youths to take to agriculture as a profession.

To this end, she said, the Ministry partnered with innovative companies to introduce technology in agriculture, especially the upstream sector, adding that this is evidenced by the recently launched Tractor-on-the-Go project which is a tractor-hailing service designed to facilitate easy and affordable access to mechanisation services through applications installed in mobile phones and integrated agricultural projects implemented in the state secondary schools tagged: “Lagos Agric Scholars Programme” to stimulate the interest of school children in agriculture.

“Other youth-centred efforts include the Lagos Agripreneurship Programme to train 15,000 youths with a passion for agriculture of which 3,000 has been successfully trained and plans are being put in place to train an additional 1,200 youth this year. Aside from these, this Administration has trained 51,476 and empowered 29,353 women and youth in different agricultural value chains, such as the Cage & Pen Culture, Poultry, Rice Production, Snailery, Bee Keeping, Coconut Arts & Craft amongst others, using various government platforms”, Olusanya said.

Speaking earlier, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Agriculture, Dr. Oluwarotimi Fashola said the Farmers’ support programme commenced in 2014, and that a total of 16, 466 farmers, fishermen, agro-processors, butchers, and marketers have so far benefited with corresponding impacts on agricultural productivity.

He urged beneficiaries to make the best use of the inputs received towards the overall development of Agriculture in the state.

In his remarks, the Ayangburen of Ikorodu, Oba Kabiru Shotobi lauded the initiative, saying it would go a long way in promoting farming and bringing about sufficiency in food production.

He particularly commended Governor Sanwo-Olu, Commissioner Olusanya, and the Ministry of Agriculture for supporting farmers with critical equipment, assuring that more would be distributed by the state government.

On his part, the Chairman of Ikorodu Local Government, Hon. Wasiu Adesina said he was delighted that such a laudable project was launched in Ikorodu, just as he appreciated Governor Sanwo-Olu and the Ministry of Agriculture. He, however, advised farmers to improve their seedlings and farming method.

One of the beneficiaries, Mr. Akin Sokehinsi, who is an Aquaculture farmer from Oke-Ado, said farmers were appreciative of the various initiatives of the state government to create a conducive atmosphere for them to thrive.

Lagos Restates Commitment To Eradicate Hunger and Poverty Through Agriculture ~Ajasa-Info


The Lagos State Government has reiterated its commitment to eradicate hunger, poverty and to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs relating to agriculture.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu re-echoed this in a message to this year’s Farmers Fair, organised by the State Ministry of Agriculture to commemorate the World Food Day, with the theme : “Safe Food Today For a healthy Tomorrow”

The Governor pointed out that his administration had implemented numerous projects and programmes to tackle hunger, malnutrition, unemployment, and under-employment and also boost food production and supply systems, in line with the Lagos State Agricultural and Food System Roadmap, 2021-2025.

Represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Mrs Folasade Jaji, Governor Sanwo-Olu urged the entire world to act now to create inclusive economic growth, alleviate inequities, boost resilience, and achieve the SDGs.

“Let me assure you of this administration’s commitment to intensifying our drive to support our farmers, encourage small and medium scale agro-processors, and create an enabling environment for private sector involvement in agriculture, as this will go a long way towards expanding the economy.

This year’s World Food Day is coming at a time when many economies are grappling with serious food security issues caused by numerous factors including the war between Russia and Ukraine, climate change, environmental degradation, biodiversity loss, inequalities, and other violent conflicts across regions both nationally and internationally.

The entire globe must act now.

The 2022 World Food Day campaign calls for global solidarity and action to restructure agrifood systems in order to create inclusive economic growth, alleviate inequities, boost resilience, and achieve sustainable development. This must be met for us to have a certain and healthy tomorrow” the Governor emphasized.


While welcoming the large numbers of people who had turned up for the Fair, the Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms Abisola Olusanya who listed series of activities to enhance the annual World Food Day in Lagos involving all farmers and young school children as part of efforts to encourage them to embrace agriculture, said the annaul event has always been observed to celebrate Farmers.

She said “It is worthy to note that the Ministry of Agriculture under the administration of Mr Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu has since inception embarked on programmes and reforms driven towards ensuring a food secured State. There are also policies geared towards making the space profitable for stakeholders in various value chains that have been implemented”

The highlights of the celebration include dancing/march past by farmers from all Local government and Council Development Areas with their various produce and livestock, presentation of prizes and awards to outstanding farmers and winners of the various competitions organised for students in State-owned schools, as well as the winner of
the Public Speaking competition under the Lagos Agric Scholars Programme, LASP.

Miss Klistiwedo Hunpe from Kankon Senior Model College, Badagry who came first was decorated as the Agric Ambassadors for Year 2022 to Year 2023 during the Farmers Fair, while outstanding farmers went home with different prizes, including a deep chest freezer each.

Ikorodu North LCDA was ably led by Asiwaju Wale Ogunbela JP The Supervisor for Agriculture, rural development and Chieftancy affairs Ikorodu North LCDA.

The AFAN and LASCAFAN members were all represented, HOD Agriculture, members and staffs of Ikorodu North LCDA.



•Sanwo-Olu presides over MoU signing with WACOT Rice Ltd

Ahead of the commissioning and operation of the 32-metric tons per hour Rice Mill in Imota, Ikorodu, Lagos State Government has handed over the management of the facility to private investor for efficient running.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Wednesday, presided over the ceremony where officials of the State Government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with WACOT Rice Limited, a subsidiary of TGI Group.

The private firm is to provide operational support and manage the mill for nine months in the first instance through Joint Venture. The partnership is subject to renewal subsequently.

Sanwo-Olu is expected to hand over the rice mill in the next few months, after which it would commence commercial operation.

Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms. Abisola Olusanya, said the privatisation of the rice mill’s operations was to ensure efficiency in the output of the facility, noting that the idea was initiated in 2019 when the State Government started the discussion with the firm.

Special Adviser to the Governor on Agriculture (Rice Initiative), Dr. Rotimi Fashola, said the Governor believed the mill would be optimised if it had a respectable private brand behind it and a technical support team that could provide intervention towards making the mill sustainable and functional to its capacity.


He said: “There is a need for the Government to put the rice mill on the path of sustainability and give it to a handling that will project quality. We sourced to have a partnership in rice production business that has a stable brand and eye for efficiency. This brings forth this Joint Venture and technical support agreement with WACOT.

“In Nigeria today, this is a brand consumers want to purchase in the market. We are delighted that we are able to bring WACOT to the table for technical support, managerial and quality assurance skills. The partnership agreement being signed today will be for nine months in the first instance and subsequently can be renewed. All i’s have been dotted and all t’s have been crossed.”

Group Managing Director of TGI Group, Rahul Savara, said Lagos Government found a great partner in the firm, pledging that the company would be deploying standard technology and services in managing the rice mill.

He said the private firm shared the Sanwo-Olu administration’s conviction to meet high demand for rice and make Lagos self-sufficient in rice production and processing.

“We are ready to work with Lagos State to make the facility run at its best. We will be deploying the best expertise, technique and training to make the Government proud of this investment,”
Savara said.

Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo, SAN, provided the legal instruments backing the MoU.

Other top management staff of TGI Group at the ceremony included the Group’s Executive Director, Jerome Shogbon, Company Secretary, Omowumi Fajemiroye, Head Corporate Communication, Rafiat Gawat, and representative of Banwo & Ighodalo Partner, Azeezah Muse-Sadiq