AGENDAWATCHDOG) – In its bid to provide development in the state’s aquaculture industry, the Lagos State government plans to construct a ₦10 billion Aquaculture Centre of Excellence in Igbonla, Epe.
The plan to construct the facility, which was disclosed by the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Obafemi Hamzat, during a public function, is touted to provide development in the state’s aquaculture industry and produce 2,000 tonnes of fish annually.
According to the State Government, the project is meant to provide support to the farmers through the Lagos Nucleus Farms scheme and also promote agro-tourism in the state via the Lagos State Songhai Project in Badagry and the Agricultural Training Institute, Araga, Epe.
The state’s drive to construct the facility is informed by the need to expand the state’s food production base to meet such a spontaneous increase in demand for food in the future, following the food shortages witnessed during the COVID-19 induced lockdown.
Again, the state plans the distribution of agricultural inputs and productive assets to 2,743 farmers under the 2020 Agricultural Value Chains Empowerment Programme, which is one of the strategies put in place to boost food production and supply. A total of 11,233 farmers, fishermen, butchers, processors, and marketers have been empowered, since 2014.
Potential Impact: It is envisaged that this program will significantly improve the standard of living of farmers, fishermen, marketers, butchers, and agro-processors in the state through the expansion of their food production activities.