LAGOS STATE Governments says it is working towards the deployment of technologies that will enable farmers farm all year round in order to achieve food security and self sufficiency in the State and Nigeria as a whole.
The State Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms. Abisola Olusanya who disclosed this on Tuesday, at a press briefing to herald the activities lined up for the celebration of Y2021 World Food Day in the State explained that an all year farming season would ensure that the State attains the desired sustainable agri-food systems.
Olusanya noted that the COVID-19 pandemic has underlined the need for an urgent change of route for the attainment of food security bearing in mind the changes and effects the pandemic has had on agriculture.
“This year has been an exceptional year with the world trying to recover from the COVID-19 global pandemic which ravaged the world last year. Suffice it to say that the food we eat and the way we eat it affect our health and that of our planet and in return, this has a direct impact on the way agri-food systems work.
“The theme of this year’s World Food Day Celebration is Our Actions are our Future: Better Production, Better Nutrition, a Better Environment and a Better Life. The theme is apt as its focuses on efforts being made by the State Government in ensuring that a variety of sufficient, nutritious and safe foods are available at affordable prices to everyone. This is what makes a sustainable agri-food system.
“The way we produce and consume food exacts a heavy toll on our planet, putting unnecessary pressure on natural resources, the environment and climate. Food production often degrades or destroys natural habitats and contributes to species extinction.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has underlined an urgent change of route is needed hence Government is focusing on the various technologies that will enable farmers to farm all year round,” she said