• Monday, May 27, 2024
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Lagos targets 10,000 jobs in agro value-chain business

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Lagos State has set a target to create 10,000 jobs in the agro-business value chain, as it inaugurated two new Eko marts in Surulere and Ajah areas of the state. This is aimed at making agro produce available to the people at affordable rates.

Gbolahan Lawal, commissioner for agriculture and co-operatives, said at the inauguration that the government was interested in the agro value-chain business and planned to generate 10,000 jobs in the sector in order to boost agricultural productivity.

According to him, 40 percent of farm produce, especially vegetables harvested within the state are lost through post-harvest activities due to poor storage facilities, saying the loss has contributed to the huge gap between the farm-gate price and market price of produce without guarantee for quality.

“During the suppliers period, a lot of post-harvest losses occurred which could be as high as 60 percent for vegetables. Equally, a lot of people are involved in bringing the produce from the local producers in hinterland to the market in the urban centres, with each adding their profit margin to the products. Transportation difficulty has also contributed negatively to the landing price of agricultural products.

“The scenario above has contributed numerously to the huge gap between the farm gate price and market price of agricultural production in the state without guarantee for quality. The government with this initiative, “Eko Farmers Mart” has taken a bold step towards ensuring availability of wholesome agricultural products at affordable rates to its citizen.

“Clearly, the government resolves to achieve food security and safety needs with the cooperation of the citizens and corporate organizations,” he explained.

 

MIKE ABANG, Calabar