Lagos state Authorities and the Ministry of Agriculture have again empowered Rice farmers within the State with help starting from land preparation, seeds, fertilizer and water pumps to spice up manufacturing throughout this dry season farming.
The current administration of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode believes that governance should shift to the group therefore the distribution of inputs, which would certainly help, but may not solely increase manufacturing but in addition, result in efficient and environment friendly rice manufacturing, thereby increasing the manufacturing of rice within the state.
This initiative is very significant, especially towards the backdrop of farmers typically relying on Rainfed Agriculture including that because for Ogun/ Oshun River basin authority, the necessity to maximise the water useful resource to assist all yr spherical farming can’t be overemphasized.
Among the very prime value chains that Lagos State has comparative and competitive advantage is rice value chain, and the state government places premium on this value chain including others like Vegetables, Poultry and fisheries chains.
It is apparent that farmers often depending on Rainfed Agriculture, adding that since the state has an Ogun/Oshun River basin authority, so the need to maximise the water resource to aid all year round farming cannot be overemphasised.
Rice is an means by which Lagos State can demonstrate enormous capacity with support from Ogun- Oshun and FADAMA III project financing, the state can put more line into rice twice or thrice a year and move the annual gig of rice from two tonnes to Six tonnes.
Accordingly, farmers are contributing towards ensuring food security in the state and one of the primary goals of the state government, is to ensure that the state is food secured and can substantially meet its food demand.
Finally, it should be clear to all stakeholders that rice has become a major stable food in the state and in a situation where the country is spending on the average a billion naira monthly to import rice and 365 billion yearly, its high time we became dependent on rice production and rice utilisation market is guarantee as Lagos is one of the states in the federation that has put in place a modern rice mill machine.