Lagos State Government says its multi-billion Naira 32 Metric tonnes per Hour Rice Mill at Imota area would be delivered on or before the end of this year.
Commissioner for Agriculture, Prince Gbolahan Lawal who made this known over the weekend at a news briefing commemorating the one year anniversary of the current administration in the state explained that the Rice Mill is 80% completed.
He said when operational, the Mill would ensure a steady supply of freshly processed rice of about 2.4 million bags of 50kg per annum to Lagosians in addition to over 250,000 jobs that would be created in both the upstream and downstream sectors of the Rice Value Chain.
Prince Lawal noted that effective efforts have been put into backward integration along the Rice Value Chain to ensure adequate supply of Paddy to the Mill for smooth operation stressing that the backward integration includes the identification of farmers’ groups in conjunction with other states to cultivate the required amount of paddy and the provision of inputs such as seeds, fertilisers and irrigation facilities where applicable to the farmers.
On the creation of employment in the Agric sector, the Commissioner explained that the Agricultural Youth Empowerment Scheme, Agric-YES, has been revamped within the last one year in such way that a total of 15,000 women and youths would be trained and empowered in the various Agricultural Value Chains especially poultry, aquaculture, rice, piggery and vegetable production by the year 2023.
He noted that the need to meet the challenges of up scaling food production in the state made the Ministry to treat agriculture as both a business and development platforms by using strategic partners to stimulate investment in the State.