Lagos — The Lagos State government has acquired lands in Abuja, Osun and Ogun State to boost food security in the state.
Governor Raji Fashola stated this in a television broadcast to mark his five year anniversary in office.
He said the state took the initiative to increase food production for the state as it has larger population in the country with little land.
He said he believed this will create jobs for the unemployed.
According to him "the state has identified productive farming activities in areas it has comparative ecological land socio-economic advantages. These include fisheries, livestock and vegetable product as well as agro-processing with emphasis on rice and cassava".
He said aggregate food supplied internally was less than 10 per cent of total consumption but the state had resolved to increase it to 25 per cent within the next five years.
According to him, the state has embarked on commissioning of the Imota Rice Mill capable of producing 20,000 tonnes of rice annually, establishment of a 40-hectares seed nursery at Gberefu-Badagry to supply 100,000 coconut seedling yearly.