World Bank Pledges To Support Lagos Farmers
The World Bank has pledged its commitment to assist Lagos farmers increase agricultural productivity and enhance market access. State Coordinator, Commercial Agriculture Development Project (CADP), Kehinde Ogunyinka, disclosed this in Lagos before the award of certificates to participants at its women and youth empowerment training.
Ogunyinka said that 55 persons would be sponsored by the World Bank to start their businesses in areas such as rice cultivation, poultry farming and others.
He stressed that 55 persons, which include women and youths, were chosen from 125 persons who were interested in participating in the training programme. The World Bank, according to him, will support the farmers in three value chains to create agro-business ventures that will be better managed as a step towards boosting livelihoods.
According to him, the World Bank, through CADP, has helped to lay the groundwork for vitalisation, offering technical expertise, bringing international best practices and engaging stakeholders on building a shared vision to renew agro business development.
To achieve this, Ogunyinka said that the bank and the state government were determined to improve every element of the value chain, from cultivation and harvesting, to packaging, logistics and marketing.