By; MATTHEW UKACHUNWA, Lagos
It has become imperative to conserve foreign exchange by reviving the agricultural sector in Nigeria, Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has said.
The revival of the agric sector, according to him, has to be effected through policies and programmes that will encourage more people to go into farming and increase food production.
Ambode declared: Food security became a major challenge as a result of the drastic decline in oil revenue.
He expressed this view at the flag-off ceremony of the state’s Agricultural Value Chain Empowerment Programme held in Lagos.
The programme, according to him, is aimed at reducing poverty in the state.
“1,252 farmers in the state have been supported in various farming enterprise and empowerment to boost their productive capacities in line with the state’s food security objective.” Ambode said through Oluwatoyin Suarau, the Commissioner for Agriculture who represented him on the occasion.
The governor pointed out that the agricultural value chain empowerment programme is a strategic approach employed by the state government to enhance productivity and improve standard of living of small holder farmers such as fishermen, agro-processors and marketers through the provision of input, productive assets and capacity building so as to ensure the steady supply of food to Lagosians.