The Lagos State House of Assembly has advised the state Ministry of Agricultural and Cooperative to ensure improvement in agricultural production to ensure the sustainability of Lagosians in 2013.
Chairman, Committee on Agriculture, Co-operative and Rural Development, Ibrahim Layode, gave the directive when officials of the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperative appeared before the House for the 2013 budget review.
Layode reminded the ministry that agriculture is the only sector that can sustain the population of the state.
He directed the management of Abattoir and Lairs in the state to ensure that the slaughter slabs are hygienic and free from diseases.
He further disclosed that the state government was determined to increase food production in 2013, adding that all units and agencies under the ministry should live up to their responsibilities.
The Commissioner for Agriculture and Co-operatives, Mr. Gbolahan Lawal, earlier explained that the state government had acquired 500 hectares of land in Ogun State while working on another 20,000 metric tons of rice farm to increase food production in 2013.
The commissioner further stated that presently, the state government has purchased additional 200 refrigerated meat vans to ease meat transportation in the state.
“The state government through the ministry is considering comprehensive review of law on live stock in general,” he had said.
A member of the Committee, AbdulBaq Balogun, enjoined the ministry to improve on revenue generation, saying that this would help increase food capacity for the state.