=== (AGENDAWATCHDOG) === Lagos State Government says its World Bank-assisted Agro-Processing, Productivity Enhancement, Livelihood Improvement Support (APPEALS) Project will construct 13.16km Farm Access Roads (FARs) in four cluster areas.
The state Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms Abisola Olusanya, who announced this on Thursday during the activities to commemorate the second year of Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration, noted that the four farm cluster areas were Igbodu in Epe, Araga also in Epe, Erinkorodo in Ikorodu and Afowo in Badagry.
According to Olusanya, the access roads when completed would ease the movement of farmers and their goods from the farms to the markets, and encourage the production of more farm produce, adding that the evaluation and engineering design for the four roads had since been finalised and construction would commence immediately.
“APPEALS Project is a World Bank-assisted project aimed at enhancing the productivity of small scale farmers in the three identified value chains of poultry, aquaculture and rice through capacity building, provision of infrastructure and empowerment.
“The project will be rehabilitating and constructing 13.16Km farm access roads already identified in four different clusters across the state.
“The design of the Bill of Engineering Measurement and Evaluation for the four FARs is at final report stage.
“The advertisement for potential contractors and subsequent implementation will be carried out once the work plan is approved by the governor,” she said.
PROJECTED IMPACT: The access roads when completed would ensure smooth movement to and fro the farms, and would reduce losses encountered by farmers as a result of the bad roads, as well as improve productivity of the target farmers.