Lagos inaugurates Food Market in Badagry
To promote the structuring of agricultural produce marketing for traceability and quality assurance, Lagos State Government has inaugurated a new Food Market at Agbalata, in Badagry Local Government Area.
Special Adviser to the Governor on Agriculture, Ms. Abisola Olusanya who unveiled the market, said the new FADADA Food Market would also promote availability of wholesome food to the populace at affordable prices, as well as create farm gate price advantage through the elimination of middlemen.
She said the market, which was a product of a collaborative effort with multilateral agencies; especially the World Bank and the Federal Government would also reduce post-harvest losses, whilst giving optimum returns to farmers for their efforts.
According to Olusanya, the market which is solely for agricultural produce and value added products would also get food vendors off the street, adding that the state would continue to be innovative at making resident households food secured, while creating wealth and employment opportunities through the process.
“This market is a crowning glory to all other supports to beneficiaries in Badagry local government vis-a-vis capacity building, provision of infrastructure like farm access road and aggregation centres, advisory services and inputs support and assets acquisition for farmers’ groups among others. The choice of Agbalata as the site of the market is strategic, being close to the international route and border,” Olusanya said.
The Special Adviser said the state, being the commercial nerve center of the country with a growing population of over 20 million residents, is not just interested in consuming food, but also striving to make significant contribution to production, value addition and marketing, noting that with the daily influx of people into the state for a better life, the consequent food demand has skyrocketed.
She said: “There is no gain saying that Lagos is indeed a market place for Nigeria and sub-Sahara Africa. The state government has developed a number of initiatives to optimise the use of available land and regulate the potentials within the agricultural space for the benefits of all. To springboard these developments, the state has produced a five-year road map (2020 – 2025) for sustainable and inclusive agricultural growth strategy with citizens at the core.”