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Lagos to Complete 32 Metric tons/hr Capacity Rice Mill

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The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo- Olu has said that a 32 metric tons per hour capacity integrated rice mill in Imota area of the state would be completed in about seven months’ time.

Representing the governor during the Grand Finale of the 2019 World Food Day, put together by the Lagos State Ministry of Agriculture at Police College , Ikeja, Secretary to the State Governor, Mrs Folashade Jaji disclosed that the mill will ensure sustainable supply of wholesome rice at an affordable price to the populace in Lagos, and help to reduce rice importation into Nigeria.

According to the governor, efforts are being made to also acquire an estimate of 32,000 hectares of farmland for rice cultivation in Lagos, Ogun , Oyo , Ekiti, Ondo, and Kebbi States.

We have to imbibe the lessons learnt from the dwindling returns from oil to encourage family participation in farming so that most of our basic needs could be met locally and we would be independent of others to feed ourselves,” he added.

In his speech, Lagos State Commissioner for Agriculture, Prince Gbolahan Lawal, said that the ministry is currently ensuring food security in the face of unfavorable climate change.

According to him several innovations aimed at preventing food shortage in the state were being embarked upon.

We have made reforms in abattoirs across the state to provide hygienic meat for the populace. There is also Acquisition of agricultural land outside the state to stem the tide of rising prices of food in the state. We equally established Fish Farm estate in Ketu – Ereyun , Epe to complement the one at Ikorodu in our effort to increase protein consumption of the people through aquaculture, ” he added

 

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