No fewer than 879 farmers and small and medium-scale enterprises have benefited from the Lagos Agro-Processing, Productivity Enhancement and Livelihood Improvement Support (APPEALS) project in the last three years, the state government has said.
The beneficiaries are drawn from the poultry, aquaculture and rice value gains, it was gathered.
According to the State Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms Abisola Olusanya, another set of 3,516 stakeholders in the sector also benefited indirectly from the project.
She added that another 8,000 farmers received training and demonstrations, with a noticeable improvement in their output, as evidence.
The commissioner, represented by the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Dr Olayiwole Onasanya, stated this at a meeting with the Pre-6th Implementation Support Mission of the project in Lekki.
Olusanya explained that the 879 beneficiaries were empowered with inputs and equipment to help them improve their productivity.
Agro-Processing, Productivity Enhancement and Livelihood Support (APPEALS), is a World Bank assisted project, implemented through the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in six states across the country.
The participating states are; Cross River, Enugu, Kaduna, Kano, Kogi and Lagos.
The project seeks to enhance the agricultural productivity of small and medium-scale farmers and improve value addition along priority value chains in the participating states.
Meanwhile, she asserted; “The State Steering Committee and the State Technical Committee have been performing their oversight functions in ensuring that project implementation remains on course and I make bold to say that project stakeholders have so far been satisfied with the level of interventions.”
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