28th December, 2011
The Lagos State House of Assembly has re-affirmed government’s intention to increase food production for Lagosians in 2012.
Chairman, House Committee on Agriculture and Co-operative, Ibrahim Layode, disclosed this when he paid a visit to the Ministry of Agriculture and Co-operative, Eko Farmers Mart located at the Alausa Secretariat recently.
Layode noted that the state government would ensure that food is available to every Lagosian at affordable prices.
He said: â€œWhat Iâ€™ve seen at the Eko Farmers Mart shows that the Lagos State Government would increase food production that would cater for the masses.â€
The lawmaker stressed that there is a need for the ministry to assist local farmers in food production in the state.
He promised that the state House of Assembly would support the ministry especially in the 2012 budget appropriation before it.
â€œThe rate at which the ministry is carrying out its responsibility, definitely Lagos State , through the rural farmers, would make food available for all,â€ he emphasised.
In his response, Commissioner for Agriculture and Co-operative, Prince Gbolahan Lawal, said it was the desire of the ministry to encourage local farmers in the rural areas.
â€œAlready, government has procured equipment that would assist in food production,â€ he added.
He, therefore, urged the public to constantly patronise the mart, saying it is the only place where they can buy foodstuffs at affordable and reasonable prices.