The Lagos State Commissioner of Agriculture, Mr. Oluwatoyin Suarau told commercial farmers at the State’s first Sensitization workshop on Thursday that benefits valued at millions of dollars aimed at increasing capacity and productivity of farmers are built in the project.
Suarau, who represented by the Permanent Secretary Lagos State Ministry of Agriculture, Dr. Olayiwole Onasanya, therefore, urged farmers to see the new project as part of government’s fulfillment of its obligation of ensuring food security in Lagos and Nigeria as a whole.
Speaking during the interactive session Dr. Onasanya who revealed that APPEALS is a 6 years project specifically created for farmers, noted that opinions and advice from stakeholders would be sought from time to time for the success of the project.
The permanent secretary further stated that the state government is ready to support both private and public partners for achieving the objectives of the project which includes an increase in the number of beneficiaries, empower youths and women with a view to enhancing the productivity of stakeholders.
“APPEALS Project is a comprehensive six-year World Bank assisted project with the basic strategy of increasing productivity, production and improving the processing and marketing of the targeted values chains (Poultry, Aquaculture, and Rice for Lagos State) which are expected to foster job creation along the value chain,” Onasanya said.
The Lagos State Coordinator of APPEALS Mrs. Oluranti Oveibor said: “farmers will be assisted with infrastructural support and technical assistance”.
“The APPEALS project will also help farmers to enhance production to meet expected supply as well as offer post-harvest management and women and youth empowerment.”
Oviebor advised farmers to form themselves into clusters of value chains so as to assist the project in areas of intervention.
The APPEALS is a tripartite arrangement between the World Bank, Federal Government of Nigeria and participating States such as Lagos. Other benefiting states are Kaduna, Kogi, Cross Rivers, Enugu.
It covers commercial farmers including people living with disabilities in Lagos State who engage in commercial Agriculture.