The Lagos State Government says it has assisted four farmers’ cooperative societies in the state with N8 million to enable them to contribute meaningfully to the national food security.
Sanni Okanlawon, the Special Adviser to Governor Akinwumi Ambode on Food Security, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Lagos.
Okanlawon said that the money was meant for the acquisition of modern tools that would aid commercialisation of agriculture in the state.
According to him, the societies are Ayobo-Ipaja Farmers Forum, which got N2.5 million, United Farmers Forum (N2.5 million), Ifesowopa Farmers Cooperative Society (N1.5 million) and Amuwo Odofin Cooperative Society (N1.5 million).
He said the money was given under the National Food Security Programme in collaboration with the Federal Government.
Okanlawon told NAN that the beneficiaries had contributed to the agricultural sector in the state, were rewarded during the 2016 World Food Day.
Okanlawon said: “The amount given to the groups depend on the size of the cooperative.
“The grant is such that the Federal Government gives half of the money, while the state government provides the other part.
“When the money is given, part of it is released to the groups while the ministry takes the other part to purchase other farm equipment needed by the groups to increase production.
“This is another way of empowering farmers towards improving food security.
“The beneficiaries are closely monitored by the Agriculture Development Authority to guard against diversion of the funds.”
According to Okanlawon, ADA monitors the flow of the monies through a confirmatory note sent to the ministry by the group before withdrawal. Kunle Gbadamosi, a member of the Ayobo-Ipaja Cooperative Forum, which got N2.5 million, lauded the government for the gesture.
Gbadamosi restated that the money was to further drive commercialisation of farming activities in the state.
He said that the gesture had further assured farmers of the present administration’s drive to ensure food production and security.