Lagos State Government says the World Bank would commence an Agro-Processing, Productivity Enhancement, Livelihood Improvement Support (APPEALS) Project with the construction of 13.16km Farm Access Roads (FARs) in four cluster areas.
The state Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms Abisola Olusanya, said this on Thursday, May 14, during the activities to commemorate the second year of Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration.
Olusanya noted that the four farm cluster areas were Igbodu in Epe, Araga also in Epe, Erinkorodo in Ikorodu, and Afowo in Badagry.
She said the access roads when completed would ensure smooth movement to and fro the farms.
Olusanya added that it would reduce losses encountered by egg farmers as a result of the bad road.
The commissioner said it would also improve the productivity of the concerned farmers.
She said the evaluation and engineering design for the four roads had since been finalised and construction would commence immediately.
“APPEALS Project is a World Bank project aimed at enhancing the productivity of small-scale farmers in the three identified value chains of poultry; aquaculture; and rice through capacity building; provision of infrastructure; and empowerment.
“The project will be rehabilitating and constructing 13.16Km farm access roads already identified in four different clusters across the state.
“The design of the Bill of Engineering Measurement and Evaluation for the four FARs is at final report stage.
“The advertisement for potential contractors and subsequent implementation will be carried out; once the work plan is approved by the governor,” she said.
According to Olusanya, 1,621 regular beneficiaries under the Project’s Women and Youth Empowerment Programme (WYEP) has been trained in agribusiness management and other soft skills within the last two years.
“Of the number, 462 have received “No Objections” on their Business Investment Plans; and are presently implementing their projects.
“Other beneficiaries will equally be supported before the end of the year,“ she said.
Olusanya added that the World Bank APPEALS project had equally identified and verified 9,942 farmers and Small and Medium Scale Enterprises; while 8,156 of them had received at least one form of training in relevant areas of agribusiness.
She said this was with a view to enhancing their agricultural productivity and improving value addition.