Lagos state Government moves to revive 279-hectare Avia-Igborosun Organic Farm in Badagry to boost food security. The Governor of Lagos state, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s took a tour to the food production park in Badagry which was acquired by the State Government in 2012 for commercial agricultural project. Badagry is one of the five traditional divisions of the State popularly know for agriculture and fishing.
According to journalist present at the six hour tour, Sanwo-olu said lagos is a big State in terms of population, but we also can intervene in our food production value chain. The Government is focused on sustaining food security and increasing agricultural output with the creation of Food Production Parks across the state.
He further said the revival of the Badagry Organic Farm and creation of more food production parks across the State were part of the strategy designed by his Government to increase food security level from 20 per cent to 50 per cent, thereby raising Lagos’ food sufficiency.
After the tour at the food production site, Sanwo-olu said that he observed the entire project looks more as a job that has not been completed. Therefore, the need to improve on the interventions to the Ministry of Agriculture. Government will provide the resources to scale up the machinery and systems already in place to take the project to the final stage that it should be.
Agricultural projects including fishing, poultry, piggery and agro-forestry, among others are to be developed for commercial production in the organic farm. The State would be engaging investors from the private sector into the project which after compaction will create thousands of employment opportunities and improve the well-being of lagosians.
Lastly, the Governor promised the completion of the project to be opened for commercial production and a total rehabilitation of Igborosun Road leading to the production park for easy access.
The Governor also inspected a 105 bed Mother and Child Care facility (MCC) recently completed within the Badagry General Hospital by the State Government. The MCC project will be commissioned in September.
He also promised the proposed expansion of the Accident and Emergency Department project to take off in the next nine months.
Recall, last month Sanwo-Olu announced plans to establish a N10 billion Lagos Aquaculture Centre of Excellence (LACE) project to be located in Igbonla, Epe under a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement. These projects by the state Government aims at opening up Lagos state economy for more growth, while also boosting its food and tourism business.