By Olayinka Olawale
The Lagos State government has announced that it will inaugurate a five-year roadmap for agricultural development in line with its THEMES development program on April 22.
Announcing the program for the inauguration on Wednesday in Lagos, State Agriculture Commissioner Abisola Olusanya said the roadmap would help the state achieve its goal of turning Lagos into a 21st century economy.
The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that THEMES is an acronym for Traffic Management and Transportation, Health and Environment, Education and Technology.
According to Olusanya, the roadmap focuses on the development of the agricultural value chain, where the state has comparative advantages to ensure the achievement of food security.
“The Roadmap for Agricultural Development was designed by the Ministry of Agriculture as a direct result of the development program of the current administration, in particular the 4th pillar, which makes Lagos State a national economy. 21st century.
“It is by ensuring that the agricultural sector plays the role of ensuring sustainable food security.
“It focuses on the development of agricultural value chains where the state has comparative advantages over other states to ensure self-sufficiency in food production movements.
Under this program, the state is expected to increase food production from 18% to 40% over the next five years.
She said the program would also enable the state to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)with respect to the agricultural sector.
Olusanya said the roadmap highlights the ministry’s focus areas to boost agricultural productivity in the upstream, middle and downstream sectors related to the seven value chains.
She added that the roadmap also highlighted the need for the state government to work with private investors and relevant authorities to improve the environment through proper waste management.
The Commissioner noted that the policy at the creation of the ministry focused on the direct production of agricultural products.
“Over the years, the political focus has shifted from direct production to creating an enabling environment for private sector investment,” NAN said, quoting the Commissioner.
“By adopting the five-year strategy, we are confident that it will boost food production and significantly reduce post-harvest losses.
“This in turn will encourage private sector investment that will trigger agricultural transformation in the southwestern states.
“This follows the examples of countries like Kenya, Malawi and China, among others, which have, in a period of 10 years, made a significant reduction in the level of poverty through agricultural development,” said Olusanya. (NOPE)
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