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In Lagos Gov. Ambode pledges to ensure food security

He said his administration had plans to expand the agricultural sector and increase the production capacity of its farmers in the nearest future.

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Governor Akinwunmi Ambode

(Daily Post)

Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Wednesday said the state was ready to partner with the relevant agro business organisations to ensure food security in the state.

Ambode said this when he received the Irish Ambassador, Mr Sean Hoy, at the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja.

He said his administration had plans 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 and the food security of this state.We have a population that is over 20 million and we should be able to plan properly on 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 N300 billion worth of rice annually and what we have in terms of production is less than five percent.We are looking for a situation where we would expand the potential of our farmers and cross into other states, and be able to produce staple products for the people of Lagos."

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