LAKE Rice: LASG approves creation of more sales’ points

The Lagos State Government(LASG) said it had directed a non-stop sale of LAKE rice across the state in all the  designated centres.

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Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State gave the directive in a statement signed by the Assistant Director, Public Affairs, Ministry of Agriculture, Mr Tunbosun Ogunbanwo, on Sunday in Lagos.

The Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr Oluwatoyin Suarau, also said that the governor had approved the creation of more sales’ centres.

Suarau said the governor’s directives were parts of the strategy to ensure that as many members of the public had  access to the product and ensure effective distribution of the rice across the state.

He said that the newly created sales centres aside the existing designated ones in the 57 local government and local council development areas in the state would be used for the non-stop sales of the products.

They  are: the Farm Service Centre at Odogunyan-Ikorodu, Farmers Martat  Surulere; Agric Input Supply Authority (LAISA) at Ojo; Agricultural Development Authority (ADA) at  Oko Oba, Agege and the  Lagos Television (LTV) Complex, Agidingbi-Ikeja.

He assured the public  that the state government would do the needful to ensure the continuous availability of the product in both existing and new sales centres.

`The need to ensure that Lake Rice circulates at every nook and cranny of the state is key in our drive to attain food sufficiency for all.

“Food production and self-sufficiency have been given priority attention by the state government and, this is aimed at sustaining Lagos state  as its residents are  the largest consumers of food commodity in Nigeria,” he said.

The commissioner said the price of the rice had  not changed and he promised that  the state government would continue to maintain the current price of the product to make it affordable to citizens.

A 50-kg bag sells  for N12,000, a 25-kg bag goes for N6,000 while a 10-kg bag sells for N2,500 .

He said the essence of the Lagos-Kebbi partnership was to ensure food security and showcase the ability of Nigeria to become a food-producing nation.

“Logistics have been put in place to ensure a hassle-free purchase of the product in an atmosphere devoid of rancour in all our approved sales centres thus making the processes of purchase a lot more easier for everyone,” Suarau said.

NAN

 

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