By Amidu Arije
Following its determination to boost Agriculture in the state, the Lagos State Government has commenced the distribution of maize and sorghum to feed millers, farm settlements and other stakeholders in the livestock industry.
This stride according to the government is mitigation measures to the COVID-19 pandemic, to boost agricultural production in the State and avert food scarcity.
Speaking on the essence of the distribution, the state’s Acting Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms. Abisola Olusanya, noted that the injection of these ingredients into the feed mill industry would have a multiplier effect on the input and output of the feed millers and consequently on food production.
She explained that the country’s animal feed mill sector is undeveloped due to high production costs as she stressed that the distribution of these ingredients to feed millers and farm settlements in the State would lead to a significant reduction in the production costs, increase of quality feeds and consequent availability of quality food to Lagosians.
Olusanya noted that the distribution would help the feed millers save time and money spent on searching for quality maize, shorten production time as well as reduce wastage of ingredients during production
The Acting Commissioner opined that the distribution is coming on the heels of the empowerment of 650 farmers in the State with maize seeds for the new planting season.