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Lagos To Build Silos To Mitigate Post Harvest Losses

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Posted: Sep 30, 2016 at 4:01 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Seyi Taiwo-Oguntuase

Lagos

 

Lagos state government said it has concluded arrangement to build a 3000 metric tonnes silo in Imota area of the state in order to reduce agricultural produce wastage.

Special Adviser to the Governor on Food Security, Sanni Okanlawon, stated this while answering questions from newsmen on the forthcoming Food security Summit and exhibition with the theme; ‘Actualising sustainable food security in Lagos state: A new, comprehensive agenda.

He said the summit will hold at Lagos Airport Hotel, Ikeja, from November 10 to November 11, stressing that the summit will attract major stakeholders of the agricultural sector, prospective foreign and local investors among others.

He said the state is seriously thinking of what to do to mitigate losses of agricultural produce, lamenting that about 40 percent of what comes into Lagos as agricultural produce get rotten away because of lack of storage facility.

According to him, “what we are trying to do is to encourage private investors to come on board and invest in this sector of agribusiness but as a government we are planning it, it is even in our budget to do silos at least to start with 3000 metric tonnes silos.

“Imota is the centre where the 3000 metric tonnes silos will be constructed, that will be a showcase to the world that at least the government have a silo in place that will take care of grains and dry products.

Okanlawon also said that this area in the value chain is fascinating and lucrative if investors can invest in that sector of agricultural value chain, adding that that is what the state is doing to mitigate loss of farm produce.

“We don’t have all the funds, it is a public private partnership (PPP), so once investors come on board we are sure of quick return on investment and ensuring profit, it is a profiting venture. We are inviting investors to invest in it and of course that is one of the objectives of the food security summit that we are planning to do,” he said.