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Nigeria: The need to boost agricultural production and prevent post-harvest losses and wastage – Sanwo-olu

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The Govenor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu stated that the assured way to effectively fight poverty and hunger in the country was to boost agricultural production and prevent post-harvest losses and wastage which he noted constitute a major threat to the achievement of food security.

Govenor Sanwo-Olu, spoke at the World Food Day celebration hosted at the Police College, Ikeja, Lagos. The governor, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Mrs. Folasade Jaji. Also present at the event is the Commissioner for Agriculture, Prince Gbolahan Lawal and other distinguished guests and representatives of the Local Governments in the state.

He noted that the use of Reusable Plastic Crates [RPCs] as alternative to Raffia baskets for the carriage of perishable farm produce was being promoted to minimize food wastage/ Post harvest loss (PHL) and improve self life which optimizes traders profit.

The governor also encouraged family farming as a way to increase agricultural production to attain food sufficiency.

Sanwo-olu told Lagosians that the state government is in the process of acquiring an estimated 32,000 hectares of farmland for rice cultivation in seven states namely Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Ekiti, Ondo and Kebbi as well as Lagos. He stated that the 32 metric tons per hour capacity Integrated Rice Mill in Imota is expected to be completed and commissioned in the next seven months.

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