Lagos Govt restates support for FADAMA project

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By Olayinka Olawale
Lagos, Oct. 15, 2020 The Lagos State Government says it will continue to support the community-driven National FADAMA Development Project Additional Financing (NFDP II AF), for impacting positively on the lives of farmers.

The State Acting Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms Abisola Olusanya, gave the assurance on Thursday at the FADAMA Awards and Appreciation Day ceremony in Lagos.

Olusanya said the ceremony was to celebrate stakeholders who were at the forefront of improving the productivity of farmers in the state.

According to her, FADAMA project had always promoted social inclusion and ensured that grassroots farmers were empowered and subsequently contributed a lot to their standard of living in the rural and urban areas.

Olusanya, represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Dr Olayiwole Onasanya, congratulated FADAMA for its positive impacts on the lives of Lagos people for close to three decades.

She said: “Your achievements are enduring legacies, visible in all nooks and crannies of the state.

“The state government has always been proud to be a part of your success stories, given its investments and supports in making FADAMA a household name in the food security and community development space.

“The people of Lagos State appreciates your innumerable interventions and empowerments, community infrastructure, inputs and assets support and capacity building efforts, amongst several others.

“Most importantly, your support at sustainably increasing beneficiaries’ improvement in their standard of living.”

Olusanya explained that the FADAMA project was a tripartite project among the World Bank, Federal Government and Lagos State Government.

She said that the state government, in all the entirety of the project, had always paid its counterpart fund to further demonstrate commitment to the project.

She said FADAMA remained a part of the state’s resources to develop and implement its five-year roadmap for sustainable and inclusive growth strategy for agricultural development with citizens at the core by using multi-layered approaches.

“As a government, FADAMA remains a part of our resources to develop and implement our five-year roadmap.

“For instance, Mr Governor has graciously approved the mainstreaming of FADAMA contract staff into the Public Service.

“Also, the deployment of FADAMA structure for the implementation of Result Area 2 (Increasing Food Security and safe functioning of the food supply chain), under the World Bank assisted Nigeria Cares Programme for Result,” Olusanya said.

She said the state government had invested a lot in the agriculture sector, adding that periodic stakeholders’ engagements were critical to successful outcomes.

According to her, this will be to champion interventions at all levels of production, aggregation, handling, preservation, processing, distribution, and support services

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