More funding is expected from the World Bank to boost Lagos State government’s efforts to expand its agriculture sector to provide food security and improved nutrition of the rural poor.

The Lagos Commissioner for Agriculture, Hon. Suarau Oluwatoyin who spoke yesterday in a press briefing to commemorate the 1st year of the administration of Governor Akinwumi Ambode in Lagos, said the state is partnering with the World Bank for financial support to boost agric productivity.

According to him, Lagos needed an agricultural system that produces more food to feed its residents more efficiently.

Under its Commercial Agriculture Development Project supported by the World Bank, he said 29 investment plans valued at N233.3 million were implemented after project restructuring for 208 entrepreneurs.

The state, he also said received no objection for 38 investment plans for 376  common interest groups (CIGs) entrepreneurs valued at N288.81 million.

He said 55 participants of its Women and Youth Programme are awaiting empowerment, while the selection of 255 additional participants is progressing.

Culled from The Nation Newspaper

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