The Lagos State Government has inaugurated the Eko City Farmers’Market at the Tafawa Balewa Square on Lagos Island.
The market which is billed to hold every last Sunday of the month at the same venue is aimed at providing a conducive, safe and well structured environment where Farmers can trade their farm produce directly to consumers at farm gate prices.
Diverse farm produce and various products made from them as well as seafoods were on display at the market, while an eco-friendly and reusable shopping bag was also launched by the State Government.
In an an address at the maiden edition of the market, the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu described the Eko-City Farmers’ Markets as a fulfillment of his campaign promises to farmers and further assured them that his administration would not relent in implementing more programmes that would be of great benefit to them in particular and the agricultural sector in general.
Governor Sanwo-Olu reiterated his committment to optimally harness the State’s comparative and competitive advantage in Agriculture to grow the State GDP, support the establishment and growth of small scale industries in all the value chains, ensure food security and provide employments for the youths and women.
Represented by his Deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, the Governor who reminded stakeholders that many intervention programmes have been embarked upon to boost the agric sector said his administration would not relent in its efforts to restructure the sector with smart-innovative and technology-driven ideas in line with international standard and the vision of making Lagos, a 21st century economy.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Agriculture, Prince Gbolahan Lawal explained that the market was borne out of the need to boost farmers’ fortunes by eliminating middlemen
Prince Lawal revealed that in the long-term, Eko City Farmers Market would become an Agribusiness hub in the West African region and an international Food Market and Technology exchange Platform for African food merchants in the diaspora as Nigerian farm produce are perceived to be more organic.
In a goodwill message, the Commissioner for Agriculture in Kwara State, Mrs. Harriet Afolabi-Oshatimehin commended the Lagos State Government for the Eko City Farmers’ Market Initiative and promised that her State would take advantage of the platform to increase the earnings of farmers in Kwara State.
She pointed out that the Eko City Farmers’ Market would over time boost the economy of all the States in the Western region and Nigeria as a whole.