The Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has projected that the agricultural sector within the state might generate as a lot as $10 billion inside the subsequent 5 years.
That is because the governor famous that Lagos might not afford to rely solely on different states for its meals, including that it was time to unlock its immeasurable agricultural potential via the implementation of the 5-year roadmap.
This disclosure was made by the Governor on the formal launch of the state’s 5-year Agricultural and Meals Techniques Roadmap, on Thursday, including that many of the investments can be personal sector-driven whereas the federal government acts because the catalyst and enabler.
Governor Sanwo-Olu opined that the Roadmap would additionally result in wealth era, worth creation, meals safety, the industrialisation of the agricultural sector and the entrenchment of inclusive socio-economic improvement of the state.
He mentioned that the roadmap basically focuses on 3 pillars, that are: progress of the upstream sector, progress of the midstream and downstream sectors in addition to enchancment of personal sector participation.
What the Lagos State Governor is saying
Sanwo-Olu, in his phrases, mentioned, “Our methods for sustainable Agricultural Improvement shall give attention to three pillars. First, we are going to develop the upstream sector via interventions by leveraging applied sciences which can be able to reducing the price of manufacturing of worth chains; Deal with rising the midstream and downstream sectors which can be of worth and lastly, we are going to enhance on personal sector participation by creating and initiating insurance policies that may encourage extra personal investments in agriculture.”
The projection is that the full funding within the Agricultural Sector from the federal government, personal sector, donor companies and improvement companions will run into over $10 billion within the subsequent 5 years. Whereas we anticipate many of the funding to be personal sector-driven, the federal government will proceed to supply the wanted infrastructure whereas the personal sector might be inspired to steer the important thing initiatives.’’
The governor identified that the state had already began the revamping of its Agricultural Land Holding Authority (ALHA) to assist funding in agriculture, giving assurance that the coconut belt would even be strengthened with elevated personal sector involvement.
Sanwo-Olu listed some State’s landmark investments that may help clean supply of the Roadmap to incorporate the Lagos State Aquatic Centre of Excellence (LACE) that might enhance fish manufacturing from 20% to 80%, the Imota Rice Mill, the Lagos Meals Manufacturing Centre Avia, Igborosu-Badagry in addition to different statewide agriculture-focused initiatives.
He mentioned, “I’m tremendously inspired by the curiosity already generated within the 5-Yr Agricultural Roadmap and I hope it is going to be sustained and backed with concrete motion on the a part of our improvement companions and the worldwide neighborhood. I guarantee you that the Lagos State Authorities is setting up deliberate incentives to make your funding secure, safe and worthwhile.’’
Sanwo-Olu, subsequently, urged potential and established stakeholders within the agricultural sector to accomplice with the state in an effort to remodel the agricultural sector for meals safety, wealth era, poverty eradication, financial diversification, fast industrialisation and accelerated socio-economic progress.
It is a very laudable initiative from the Lagos State Authorities particularly at a time the nation is taking a look at diversifying its financial system. The profitable implementation of this programme with the anticipated advantages from the worth chain will contribute considerably to the financial improvement of the state and the nation basically.
The funding within the transformation of agriculture to agribusiness is a technique of reaching the dream of achieving self-sufficiency in meals manufacturing and creating extra wealth.