Lagos government seeks private sector collaboration in agriculture
Says over N5 trillion food consumed in state yearly
Lagos State Government has stressed the need for private sector investment and collaboration in agriculture sector, particularly in the red meat value-chain, artisanal fisheries and livestock feed mills.
It said that food worth over N5 trillion were being consumed yearly in the state.
The Commissioner for Agriculture, Abisola Olusanya, in a statement, yesterday, said this was in line with the state government’s five-year strategic agriculture roadmap.
She noted that the state government had identified investment opportunities for the private sector participants, particularly in the three value-chains, hence the need for the collaboration.
According to her, this partnership would increase production in the value-chains, stimulate jobs across the value-chains, standardise operations in the value-chains, as well as enhance the state’s Gross Domestic Products (GDP).
Olusanya said that possible areas of collaboration in the red meat value-chain were animal identification and traceability, establishment of feedlot and fattening centres, creation of a better logistics solution system, as well as creation of a better system of running abattoirs in a standard way to meet up with global best practices.
such that more hygienic slaughtering areas are the norms rather than the exceptions.
The commissioner described the transactional value for cattle alone in Lagos to be worth over N328 billion, adding that when the red meat transformation agenda comes fully into play, it would help the state government eliminate logistics costs of transporting cattle.
She said that the state was working on harnessing sectors where it has comparative advantage to further grow its economy with emphasis on the artisanal fisheries sector.
“We might be a very small state, but we are still agrarian. The value-chain of comparative advantage to us is fisheries. It means that we can begin to harness potentials around the fisheries sector. Lagos has over 22 per cent of the water bodies in Nigeria. For instance, we demand over 400,000 metric tonnes of fish on a yearly basis but our fishermen and aquaculture farmers are only able to produce just about 174,000 metric tonnes. It means we have a deficit of over 200,000 tonnes.
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