Lagosians consume N3bn foodstuffs daily, says Ambode

At the maiden edition of the Lagos Food Security and Exhibition Summit with the theme,; ‘Actualizing Sustainable Food Security in Lagos State: A New Comprehensive Agenda, ’the Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State says daily consumption of foodstuffs in the state is worth over N3bn, adding that investors in the agricultural sector had a ready market and returns on their investments, and that his administration would maximize Lagos comparative advantage to achieve food security.
He said, “Nigeria has no business importing foodstuffs to feed its citizens. We must cultivate the land and improve efficiency in the agricultural value chain, and “Our core policy thrust towards achieving food security is to maximize the comparative advantage of the state in agriculture and partner other states.” Ambode said his administration had partnered the Kebbi State Government for the development of agricultural commodities such as rice, wheat, groundnut and onion, expressing optimism that the partnership would result in the supply of 70 per cent of the total national rice consumption, and We have also acquired agricultural land in Ogun, Osun and Oyo states, as well as Abuja for rice cultivation and oil palm processing, among others, adding that  the summit was organized to bring together stakeholders in the agricultural sector to proffer solutions to the challenges militating against the achievement of food security. The Special Adviser to the Governor on Food Security, Mr. Sanni Okanlawon, said the summit would realign emerging realities with new global trends on food safety, processing and funding for agribusiness.

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