Why we developed a five-year master plan for agriculture – Sanwo-Olu
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has revealed why his administration developed a five-year master plan that would be guiding the state’s intervention and investment in agriculture for a long-term return.
Sanwo-Olu disclosed this in Lagos, during the courtesy visit of the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Muhammed Sabo Nanono
Sanwo-Olu said the state government was ready for collaboration with the federal government to stimulate the growth of agro-processing market for local producers and reduce the nation’s dependency on imported agricultural products.
He welcomed collaboration with the federal government on exploration of marine resources, construction of rural roads and provision of power infrastructure to boost agricultural output.
He said: “We are excited that the Federal Government is coming up with investment in strategic areas of agriculture to transform the sector. It will interest you to know that Lagos has started to take similar step by coming up with a five-year agricultural and food security master plan in response to the challenges we face. This master plan will be guiding our intervention in various areas of agriculture. It will not only improve food security, it will also create market opportunity for local farmers.
“Today, Lagos is building the biggest rice mill in the country to ramp up national agricultural output. Beyond this, our Government is developing initiatives that will catalyse agro-processing market in Lagos, with the objective to reduce food importation and over dependence on finished products from outside the country.
“The state is surrounded by large bodies of water and we are positioning ourselves for collaboration that will enhance effective exploration of our marine resources. We are ready to work collaboratively with the Federal Government to harness the State’s agricultural resources and I promised that you have found the right partner in Lagos for the initiative you have brought forward to change the face of agriculture.”
The Governor described agriculture as a “major stake” into which any serious government must invest, noting that the lessons drawn from the negative impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) on farming and agriculture should not be lost among the current crop of leaders.
The governor praised President Muhammadu Buhari for the choice of Nanono as supervising administrator of the ministry, saying the minister came in with energy and deep knowledge of the sector.
He said the federal government’s initiative would increase food accessibility, lower prices and improve the quality of products in the market. He pledged that Lagos would be a willing partner to drive the projects.
Nanono said Lagos had offered the nation the needed industrial backing to boost agriculture, stressing that the State played key role in Nigeria’s rise on the global ranking to become the 13th largest rice producer in the world and first in Africa.
The minister said the federal government was ready to step up its partnership with Lagos for improved agricultural production, confirming that there would be more investment in marine resources.
Nanono disclosed that the federal government would also be making funds available for the construction of rural roads and provision of solar power for farmers in Lagos.