The Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has said that food security and self-sufficiency requires immediate attention at policy and strategic levels to sustain the country.
Mr. Ambode spoke in Lagos Wednesday at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Lagos and Kebbi states to establish a commodity value chain that will boost food processing, production, and distribution.
“Lagos state is the largest consumer of food commodities in Nigeria by virtue of our state population,” said Mr. Ambode.
“We have the market, with the required purchasing power also. Lagos state has an estimated consumption of over 798,000 metric tonnes of milled rice per year which is equivalent to 15.96 million of 50kg bags, with a value of N135 billion per annum.”
Mr. Ambode said the state is currently consuming 6,000 herds of cattle daily which may increase to 8,000 in the next five years.
Mr. Ambode said the partnership between the two states would bring an end to the importation of rice into the country.
“This is the first time in the history of Nigeria that two states are collaborating to develop their agricultural potentials,” he said.