Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday said the state was looking towards partnership in agro business in an effort geared towards ensuring food security in the state.
The Governor who spoke when he received the Irish Ambassador Sean Hoy, at the Lagos House, Alausa, said his administration was looking to expand the agricultural sector and increase the production capacity of its farmers in the nearest future.
“One area that Lagos is really interested in is in the agro business, I am very interested in the food security of this state. We have a population that is over 20 million and we should be able to plan properly the food security of the state”.
“We cannot claim that we are self sufficient right now, but we have a plan to be able to let us feed ourselves at some point in time. It’s quite unfortunate right now that the state consumes almost like N300billion worth of rice annually and what we have in terms of production is maybe like five percent”.
“We are looking for a situation where we would expand the potentials of our farmers and cross into other states and be able to produce staple products for the people of Lagos. So if we have any partnership that can assist us in securing the future of our people in terms of agro business will be highly welcomed”, the Governor said.