The Lagos State Government has reiterated its commitment to food security and farmers’ productivity in the State through the Agro-Processing, Productivity Enhancement and Livelihood Improvement Support (APPEALS) Project.
Speaking at the Pre-7th Implementation Support Mission of the Project, the State Commissioner for Agriculture, Abisola Olusanya, said agriculture remains one of the major drivers in achieving sustainable economic growth.
She further explained that food security can be achieved in Lagos and Nigeria at large through the application of technological advancement and most importantly through self-commitment to a better Nigeria.
Olusanya in her keynote address said the APPEALS Project is directly contributing to the 17 goals of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as well as the six pillars of the THEMES agenda of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu led administration by exploring and investing in the use of innovation and technology to create competitive advantage in ensuring that Lagos attains a 21st century economy.
Olusanya also commended Lagos APPEALS Project team for enhancing farmers’ productivity in the state, adding that “The State Steering Committee (SSC) and State Technical Committee (STC) have been performing their oversight functions in ensuring that the project implementation remains on course.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Hakeem Adeniji, who is the Chairman, APPEALS Project State Technical Committee, said the implementation of the project has received a lot of support from Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
On his part, the Lagos State Project Coordinator of APPEALS, Oluranti Sagoe-Oviebo maintained that the APPEALS Project has impacted lives and boosted farmers’ productivity in Lagos State.
She also commended Governor Sanwo-Olu, Commissioner for Agriculture, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, National Coordination Office of APPEALS Project and other major stakeholders for their commitment toward ensuring the success of Lagos APPEALS Project.