The Lagos State Government on Sunday said the sale of Lake Rice by the Ministry of Agriculture would continue, adding that more centres would be created so it could reach more Lagosians.
The Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr. Oluwatoyin Suarau, said continuous sale of the product was a directive by the Lagos Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, to increase access to the rice.
He said, “The newly created sales centres are Farm Service Centre, Odogunyan-Ikorodu; Farmers Mart, Surulere; and Agric Input Supply Authority, Ojo, among others.
“The government will ensure the continuous availability of the product because food production and self-sufficiency remain government’s priority.”
The commissioner noted that the price of the rice had not changed, adding that the government would continue to ensure food security and promote Nigeria as a producing nation.
Meanwhile, the government said the ‘Eko Coconut Bread’, which it inaugurated on Friday, would serve the over 22 million population of the state.
The Special Adviser to the Lagos State Government on Food Security, Mr. Ganiyu Okanlawon, explained that the production of the bread was a demonstration of the state government’s commitment to promote coconut value chain.
“This is a step in the right direction because there are benefits derivable from coconut. Coconut has been scientifically proven to have a lot of medicinal values if consumed on regular basis,” he said.