Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has said the state will soon launch a mechanisation programme known as the “Eko Agro Mechanisation Programme” as part of its efforts towards food security.
In his opinion, the programme aims to achieve the state’s food security goal through increased land use as the state’s economic contribution via agricultural mechanization.
Sanwo-Olu announced this over the weekend during the World Food Day celebration at the Johnson Agiri Agricultural Complex in Oko-Oba, stating that the programme will begin with the acquisition of 14 new tractors and ancillary equipment for farmers in the state.
The Governor, represented at the event by Hakeem Adeniji, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, stated that the equipment would be used according to the operating model known as Tractor On the Go (TOG).
Sanwo-Olu also said that starting this year, the federal government will provide an aid package, albeit minimally, to existing poor and vulnerable farmers and processing groups through the state-run Fadama Development Office, based in the Ministry of Agriculture, as part of the Covid-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus programmes, supported by the World Bank, called `NG CARES`.