Speaking on this new development, Lagos state Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr Oluwatoyin Suarau, said it has been a directive from the Lagos state Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, to increase families access to the rice.
He said, “The newly created sales centres are Farm Service Centre, Odogunyan-Ikorodu; Farmers Mart, Surulere; and Agric Input Supply Authority, Ojo, among others.
“The government will ensure the continuous availability of the product because food production and self-sufficiency remain government’s priority.”
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Speaking on making the product available and the quest to improve food distribution in the state, the commissioner noted that the price of the rice had been stable, emphasizing that the government would continually ensure food security in the state and likewise promote Nigeria as a producing nation.
In the same vein, the ‘Eko Coconut Bread’ which the government inaugurated on Friday, was said that it will serve the over 22 million population of the state.
Mr Ganiyu Okanlawon, the special adviser to the State Government on Food Security, also buttressed that the production of the bread was a demonstration of the state government’s commitment to promoting coconut value chain.
He added that.
“This is a step in the right direction because there are benefits derivable from coconut. Coconut has been scientifically proven to have a lot of medicinal values if consumed on regular basis”.