The Lagos State government has recognised farmers who have continued to contribute to the growth and development of the state’s agricultural sector and its value chains despite the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, among other challenges, that hit the state this year.
The recognition came at an award ceremony arranged as part of activities for the Christmas edition of the Eko City Farmers Fair held on Sunday at the Ndubuisi Kanu Park, Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos.
The Fair presented an opportunity for buyers to purchase fresh farm produce at farm gate prices.
Speaking during the event, Lagos State Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms Abisola Olusanya harped on the importance of agriculture to Nigeria’s economy.
Olusanya noted that farmers deserved the recognition they were getting in the form of the awards as they played key roles in keeping the sector running despite challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, disease outbreaks, among others.
Farmers recognised during the award ceremony include Dr Yakub Bashorun and Samuel Omitunde who emerged the Best Farmer of the Year and the Promising Farmer of the Year respectively.
Mrs Sola Ogunleye clinched the Best Woman in Agriculture award while Mr Segun Atho won the award for Best Rice Farmer of the Year.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner also clamoured for much-deserved recognition for farmers.
Olusanya said that while the process had begun in Lagos, there was the need to extend the same to other regions of Nigeria.
She said, “We need to understand the importance of our farmers in the scheme of things; without farmers, the Nigeria of today cannot survive.
“We know what happened during the lockdown when people thought they were not going to get access to food but our farmers came through for us.
“Many thanks to you, our dear farmers, as you stood by us, ensuring that the food supply chain was not broken at any time. It was stretched yes, but with your efforts and God’s grace, it was not broken.
“All these express the thought and sentiment behind the Farmers’ Appreciation and Award day. Let there be no doubt in your minds concerning how appreciative this administration is when it comes to your contributions to making Lagos a 21st-century economy. What we are doing today is the least we can do to appreciate you.”
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