…signs MOU with Kebbi govt on rice cultivation
Lagos State has an estimated consumption of over 798,000 metric tonnes of milled Rice per year which is equivalent to 15.96 million of 50kg bags, with a value of N135 billion per annum.
Akinwunmi Ambode, Lagos state Governor made this known on Wednesday while signing a Memorandum of Understanding with Kebbi state government on the Development of Commodity Value Chains at the Lagos House in Ikeja.
He said Lagos State is the largest consumer of food commodities in Nigeria by virtue of the state population.
He said the gathering is to formalize an agreement between the Lagos state government and Kebbi state to enter into a partnership for food processing, production and distribution.
He added that both states are embarking on a Joint Venture to feed the people, establish commercial enterprises, and create employment and wealth distribution for the benefit of both states and the nation in general.
He said the future of Lagos State is partly tied to deliberate resolution on food security, stressing that food production and self-sufficiency require immediate attention at policy and strategic levels to sustain ourselves.
Speaking further, Ambode explained that Lagos has the economic to produce rice locally and that the era of imported rice is gone.
“We have the economic prowess to produce rice locally. The era of imported rice is gone. The reality is for all of us to embrace the consumption of local foodstuff and commodities,” he said.
In addition to rice, according to him, Lagos is presently consuming 6,000 herds of cattle daily which may increase to 8,000 in the next 5years.
“The bulk of the vegetables produced in the country end up in the Lagos markets. Lagos State is one of the largest producers of poultry and thus has a large demand for maize for livestock feed production.
Atiku Bagudu, Governor of Kebbi State, however expressed his gratitude to the Lagos state governor on the partnership.
He expressed that Lagos and Kebbi State has recorded a long history of trade and that this partnership will help to cement many of the previous partnerships.
According to him, Lagos and Kebbi will be leading the entire nation in the economy diversification policy of President Buhari.
“We believe that our people from the two states can benefit a lot from this cooperation, we can add value jointly by creating employment and also increase income” he said