Lagos state Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives said a total of 3,149 people in agricultural value chain businesses in four local government areas of the state have benefitted from its empowerment programmes.
The State Commissioner for Agriculture and Cooperatives, Prince Gbolahun Lawal, who disclosed this, said the beneficiaries were given equipment and input like brand new outboard engines, generating sets, garri processing machines, grinders, as well as fish feed, pig meals and body gears.
“At the last count, the empowerment programme had touched more than 3,149 lives; the programme was in fulfillment of the promise made by the governor of the state during the last World Food Day celebration held in the state. He pointed out that to ensure that beneficiaries do not misuse the resources, the ministry first held a training programme for them. He explained that the ministry decided to zone the state into four, for easy access of the beneficiaries and the four locations are Mowo in Badagry, Odogunyan in Ikorodu, Agege and Araga in Epe.”
According to him, 320 people were equipped at Mowo, from where the team moved to Ikorodu where 747 persons got empowered, down to another 260 in Epe, with over 2, 000 receiving empowerment at Agege. “The ministry stormed the last venue with 63 herds of cattle (making 100 in all) with 1, 000, feed millers, smoking kilns Personal protective Equipment (PPE) for 252 butchers; 40 outboard engines to mention a few.