Thursday 24 March 2016

Lagos Consumes N135bnRice, N2.19m Cattle Annually— Ambode

Lagos State Commissioner
for Agriculture, Mr.
Oluwatoyin Suarau (right),
with Permanent Secretary,
Kebbi State Ministry of
Agriculture, Dr. Nababa
Adamu (left), signing a
Memorandum of

Understanding on the
Development of Commodity
Value Chains between the
two states while Lagos
State Governor, Mr.
Akinwunmi Ambode (right
behind) and Kebbi State
Governor, Alhaji Atiku
Bagudu (left behind) watch,
at the Lagos House, Ikeja,
on Wednesday, March 23,
Lagos State consumes N135 billion worth of rice and
2.19 million herds of cattle annually, says Governor
Akinwunmi Ambode.
The governor who disclosed this on at the State House,
Ikeja, Lagos, southwest Nigeria on the occasion of the
signing of Memorandum of Understanding between
Lagos and Kebbi State on the development of
Commodity Value Chains, said the future of Lagos State
was partly tied to deliberate resolution on food security.
He said food production and self-sufficiency required its
immediate attention at policy and strategic levels to
sustain the state, adding that Lagos State is the largest
consumer of food commodities in Nigeria by virtue of its
“We have the market, with the required purchasing
power also. Lagos State has an estimated consumption
of over 798,000 metric tonnes of milled rice per year
which is equivalent to 15.96 million of 50kg bags, with a
value of N135 billion per annum.
“We have the economic prowess to produce rice locally.
The era of imported rice is gone. The reality is for all of
us to embrace the consumption of local foodstuff and
commodities. In addition to rice, Lagos is currently
consuming 6,000 herds of cattle daily which may
increase to 8,000 in the next five years,” he said.
According to Ambode, the bulk of the vegetables
produced in the country end up in the Lagos markets as
the state is one of the largest producers of poultry and
thus had a large demand for maize for livestock feed
“The state also houses most of the industrial users of
wheat and sorghum; mostly flour mills, bakeries,
breweries and food manufacturers. Kebbi State, on the
other hand, is blessed with a vast arable land suitable
for the cultivation of rice, wheat, groundnut, maize,
sorghum and sugar cane.
“It is an agrarian State with over 1.2 million hectares of
arable land characterised by very large floodplains,
lowland swamps and gentle slopes. In the 2014/2015
wet season, over 600,000 hectares of land was deployed
for rice cultivation in the three senatorial areas of the
“The people are traditionally rice farmers with average
land holding of about 10 hectares. currently, Kebbi has
over 50,000 metric tonnes of paddy in store produced
from the last two planting seasons,” he said.
The governor said with these considerations in mind,
Lagos and Kebbi States had decided to collaborate and
exploit areas of comparative advantage to create value
for both states, saying that this alliance would ensure
food security, job creation, increase in farmers’ income
and the overall improvement in the living conditions of
the residents of both states through wealth creation and
poverty reduction.
He added that the collaboration was in line with the
clarion call and policy direction given by the President,
Muhammadu Buhari, on the need “to feed ourselves.”

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