Lagos unveils plan on Food Security, organises summit
In furtherance of its commitment to optimally explore its agricultural value chain potentials and ensure food security for its teeming populace, the Lagos State Government has made known its plans to organize a world class summit tagged ‘The Lagos Food Security Summit and Exhibition’.
The Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Food Security, Mr. Sanni Ganiyu Okanlawon who made this known while briefing newsmen, noted that that the summit is being organized to institutionalize a food security framework that would guarantee sustainable food security for its growing population.
He said, “the summit, scheduled to hold at the Lagos Airport Hotel, Ikeja from Thursday 10th to Friday 11th November, 2016 is designed to realign emerging realities with new global trends on food safety, food processing, food storage, food handling, funding of agribusiness and agric insurance”.
Okanlawon added that the summit with the theme ‘Actualizing Sustainable Food Security in Lagos: A New Comprehensive Agenda’ will attract major stakeholders from the Agricultural sector and academia as well as prospective foreign and local investors, media, civil society and policy makers in government.
Okanlawon, while stressing the need to urgently plan for sufficient and sustainable food production in Lagos, noted that the State being the commercial nerve centre of Nigeria with about 45 per cent of the Nation skilled population and the tendency for increased population growth due to rural-urban migration needs to plan not just for now, but for the future.
He added that in spite of its limited space, Lagos possesses vast agricultural investment potentials waiting to be tapped or optimized, stressing that the present administration has in the last one year, embarked on various innovative agricultural and agro-allied programmes and projects geared towards ensuring food security in the state, which include Estates Initiatives on Poultry, Fish, Vegetable and Arable Crops; Coconut Development for tourism and poverty alleviation; Commercial Agriculture Development Project to increase productivity; National Fadama Development Project for poverty alleviation; Input Subsidy and organic farming promotion to increase farmers income; Farm Mechanization to reduce drudgery in Agriculture; and Agricultural Land Holdings and management to improve access by genuine farmers to land.