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Lagos, Kebbi Partner On Food Security

Posted: Mar 24, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Lagos and Kebbi states have reached an agreement, with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Wednesday, to establishment a commodity value chain through a special purpose vehicle known as the LASKEB Agricultural Production and Marketing Company

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State said at the signing of the MOU in Ikeja, Lagos, that commodities such as rice, sorghum, maize, groundnut, sugarcane, fish and beef would be promoted under the partnership; the commodities would be cultivated in Kebbi and packaged in Lagos State.

Ambode noted that Kebbi State was blessed with vast arable land that was suitable for the cultivation of the commodities.

“The people are traditionally rice farmers with average land holding of about 10 hectares and presently have over 50,000 metric tonnes of paddy in store produced from the last two planting seasons,” he said.

He said that thousands of market women and men could become key employers of labour as distributors of the proposed ‘Ibile Rice.’

According to Ambode, the vehicle would allow the entrance of private investors and other states in expanding the rice mill at Imota, Ikorodu, and other locations.

The governor stated that Lagos State was the largest consumer of food commodities in Nigeria by virtue of its population and also had the market with the required purchasing power.

According to him, it has an estimated consumption of over 798,000 metric tonnes of milled rice yearly, valued at N135 billion.

“The bulk of the vegetables produced in the country ends up in the Lagos markets and it is one of the largest producers of poultry and thus has a large demand for maize for livestock feed production,” he said.

Ambode said the alliance would ensure food security, job creation and increase farmers’ income.

Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State observed that that the two states have a long history of trade partnership and were just making it stronger with the MOU.

Bagudu said that the partnership would provide 60 to 70 per cent of the country’s rice needs.