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Sanwo-Olu Empowers 1,786 Farmers With N3.6bn

Sanwo-Olu Empowers 1,786 Farmers With N3.6bn

Governor Baba­jide Sanwo-Olu on Thurs­day officially launched the Agro-Processing, Produc­tivity Enhancement and Livelihood Improvement Support (APPEALS) Proj­ect’s Women and Youth Empowerment Programme (WYEP), empowering 1,786 farmers with N3,635,580,000 seed capital to start an ag­riculture-based venture in three value chains of aqua­culture, rice and poultry.

The 1,786 farmers, in­cluding women, youths and Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) were empowered under the APPEALS Project to execute their approved Business Investment Plan, which has a provision for the employment of at least one person.

Speaking during the pre­sentation of cheques worth N3.6 billion to 1,738 benefi­ciaries of APPEALS Project at the Blue Roof, Agidingbi, Lagos, Governor Sanwo-Olu reiterated his adminis­tration’s commitment to providing an enabling en­vironment for agricultural productivity and new em­ployment opportunities.

The governor said the construction of 13.16 ki­lometers of Farm Access Roads embarked upon by APPEALS Project in four locations and farming clus­ters namely, Araga Farm Settlement, Igbodu and Poultry Cluster in Epe; Erikorodo Poultry Estate in Ikorodu and Afowo in Badagry, would be complet­ed by June 2022.

He said: “We are strongly committed to enhancing the agricultural productivity of small and medium-scale farmers in Lagos State, and improving value addition along with our agricultural value chain, which are the core objectives of the Lagos APPEALS project.

“Agriculture offers our people, especially our youths, an opportunity to make a difference, especial­ly through effective deploy­ment of technology in the sector, for improved produc­tivity and the attainment of our food security and safety goals on one hand, and our job creation agenda on the other. I am a strong believer that the increased involve­ment of young Nigerians in agriculture will help tackle various long standing chal­lenges facing the sector.

“As an administration, we are fully cognisant of our responsibility to create an enabling environment for all of these new ideas, innovation and technolo­gies. This explains the se­riousness with which we have embraced APPEALS in Lagos State and the de­termination with which we have been implementing it.”

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