Lagos Plans Promotion Of Urban Farming To Enhance Food Security

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 As the Lagos State Agro-Processing, Productivity Enhancement, and Livelihood Support (APPEALS) project ended its six-day joint Monitoring Exercise to implementation sites. 

Abisola Olusanya, the State’s Acting Commissioner for Agriculture, who made the disclosure, stated that the State will soon start the implementation and promotion of urban farming for food security in the state. 

Olusanya , during the wrap-up meeting in Lekki, dropped the hint while she commended the efforts of the project implementation unit. 

She said she was impressed with the impact of implementation support by APPEALS project thus far, stressing that she had a fantastic experience during the field monitoring visit to the implementation sites. 

The Acting Commissioner also noted that the satisfaction and happiness expressed by the beneficiaries to the support of the Lagos APPEALS was particularly gratifying and laudable. 

She also appreciated the Governor Sanwo-Olu for the prompt release of counterpart payment to match up the World Bank assisted project fund, as well as the Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, who incidentally is the Chairman of APPEALS project State Steering Committee for his support in ensuring sustainability of the project in the State. 

Oluranti Sagoe-Oviebo, State Coordinator of APPEALS Project while presenting the project brief, disclosed that about 20 Demonstrations on improved technologies across the selected value chains of Aquaculture, Poultry and Rice have so far been carried out. 

She said eight out of the demonstrations were carried out in 2019 and are now being used by farmers, while the project had also gone ahead to support farmers who sought for support to adopt the new improved technologies. 

Sagoe-Oviebo said part of the sites visited were those of beneficiaries from the Implemented 30 Value Chains Investment Plans (VCIPs), supporting 295 people consisting of 206 males and 89 females as direct beneficiary farmers and SMEs with Improved Inputs. 

She also said another 38 VCIPs recently issued No Objections by the World Bank to support about 400 farmers as direct beneficiaries are under implementation, adding that the exercise has been completed. 

According to her, “The implemented supports include floating cages, All Male Tilapia / Heteroclarias juveniles, Tilapia feed / Probiotic fish feed, barrier boom, collapsible fish ponds, industrial boreholes, Mechanical pumping machines for aquaculture farmers’ cooperatives groups. 

She stated that the project also addressed a critical challenge of fish ponds flooding at Ikorodu through the excavation and desilting of canal around the farms. 

“Day Old Chicks Broilers, pelletized feeds, Nipple drinkers with cup, medications, Point of Lay birds, Growers feed, layers mash probiotics, water tanks and scaffolds for Poultry farmers’ cooperatives and Rice seeds, rice transplanters, thresher and winnower, harvester, motorized sprayers, ploughing and harrowing, fertilizer applicators, screw three nets, herbicides, fertilizer, insecticides among others for rice farmers’ cooperative groups were also implemented,” she said. 

Speaking further, Sagoe-Oviebo said the Project has trained over 5000 beneficiaries this year and 1307 out of the 1621 regular beneficiaries under the Women and Youth Empowerment Programme since inception of the project, while a Consulting firm has been engaged to conduct the agribusiness needs assessments of 170 Persons with Disability and Special selected in the State for empowerment. 

The team members, while sharing their field experiences, expressed satisfaction with the level of implementation by the project and encouraged them to ensure sustainability of supports by the beneficiaries.



Source: Daily Independent

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