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 The Lagos State Government has expressed satisfaction with the implementation level of projects undertaken by the Agro Processing Productivity Enhancement and Livelihood Improvement Support APPEALS in the state Ms Abisola Onasanya Acting Commissioner for Agriculture gave the commendation during the wrap up meeting of the joint monitoring exercise to the project implementation sites by stakeholders held in Lekki hellip
APPEALS: LASG expresses satisfaction with project implementation

NNN: The Lagos State Government has expressed satisfaction with the implementation level of projects undertaken by the Agro-Processing, Productivity, Enhancement and Livelihood Improvement Support (APPEALS) in the state.

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Ms Abisola Onasanya, Acting Commissioner for Agriculture, gave the commendation during the wrap-up meeting of the joint monitoring exercise to the project implementation sites by stakeholders held in Lekki, Lagos on Friday.

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The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the APPEALS is conceived to enhance food security in the state.

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Onasanya said the six-day joint monitoring exercise to the project implementation sites across the state was a huge success.

She said that she was impressed with the impact of implementation support by APPEALS project thus far.

“The satisfaction and happiness expressed by the beneficiaries of the project are particularly gratifying and laudable,’’ she said.

She thanked Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu for prompt release of counterpart fund to match up the World Bank assisted project fund.

The commissioner urged stakeholders at the meeting to start considering homestead farming to support the state government’s drive to attain food security.

Presenting the project brief, the State Coordinator of APPEALS project, Mrs Oluranti Sagoe-Oviebo, said that about 20 demonstrations on improved technologies across selected value chains of aquaculture, poultry and rice have so far been carried out.

According to Sagoe-Oviebo, eight of the demonstrations were carried out in 2019 and are now being used by farmers.

The project had also supported farmers, who sought for support to adopt the new improved technologies.

She said that part of the sites visited were those of beneficiaries from the 30 Value Chains Investment Plans (VCIPs), supporting 295 people.

They consisting of 206 males and 89 females as direct beneficiary farmers and SMEs with improved inputs.

The acting commissioner also said another 38 VCIPs, recently issued ‘No Objections’ by the World Bank to support about 400 farmers as direct beneficiaries, are under implementation.

She added that the exercise would be completed before the end of September.

“The supports include floating cages, all male Tilapia/ heteroclarias juveniles, Tilapia feed/ probiotic fish feed, barrier boom, collapsible fish ponds, industrial boreholes and mechanical pumping machines for aquaculture farmers’ cooperatives groups.

“The project also addressed a critical challenge of fish ponds flooding at Ikorodu through the excavation and desilting of canal around the farms.

“Day old chicks broilers, palletised feeds, nipple drinkers with the cup, medications, point of lay birds, growers feed, layers mash probiotics, water tanks and scaffolds for poultry farmers’ cooperatives.

“Rice seeds, rice transplanters, thresher and winnower, harvester, motorised sprayers, ploughing and harrowing, fertiliser applicators, screw-3 nets, herbicides, fertiliser, insecticides for rice farmers’ cooperative groups were provided,’’ she said.

Sagoe-Oviebo said the project also trained over 5,000 beneficiaries this year among which were 1,307 under the Women and Youth Empowerment Programme since the inception of the project.

She added that a consulting firm had been engaged to conduct the agri-business needs assessments of 170 persons with disability, specially selected in the state for empowerment.

Partners and stakeholders involved in the joint monitoring exercise were the officials of the Ministry of Agriculture, Office of the Deputy Governor, Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget, Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives.

Others are Ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs, Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Project Financial Management Unit, State Treasury Office, Debt Management Office and the Project Coordinating Unit of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Team members, while sharing their field experiences, expressed satisfaction with the level of implementation by the project.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the project’s major focus is on the Federal Government’s agricultural promotion policy, known as ‘The Green Alternative’ (APP: 2016-2020) among others.

APPEALS project is being financed with $200 million by the International Development Association (IDA) in over a period of six years in Cross River, Enugu, Kano, Kaduna, Kogi and Lagos states.

The project development objective is to enhance agricultural productivity of small and medium scale farmers as well as improve value addition along priority value chains in participating states.

The selected value chains for Lagos are poultry, rice and aquaculture.

Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Abdulfatah Babatunde
Source: NAN

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