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Business News of Tuesday, 28 June 2022

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Lagos makes case for youth in agriculture

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The Lagos State Government has said increased involvement of young Nigerians in agriculture will help to tackle various challenges facing the sector.

The state Commissioner for Agriculture, Abisola Olusanya, stated this on Monday during the Federal Government/World Bank Eighth Implementation Support Mission visit to the Lagos State held at Agege.

She said, “I must say that the inclusion of the women and youth empowerment programme in the design of this project is a novel idea because 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 increased involvement of young Nigerians in agriculture will help tackle various longstanding challenges facing the sector. APPEALS project has continued to promote productivity enhancement technologies and promotion of value addition through the demonstration of improved technologies.”

The Task Team Leader of the World Bank Mission to Lagos, Dr Adetunji Oredipe, commended the Lagos APPEALS project’s commitment to farmers in the state.

“The implementation of the project in the state had really improved the livelihood of women and youths as well as enhancing outputs in the agricultural value chain and we will continue to sustain the project with investment in the state to get the desired results,” he said.

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