Lagos State has introduced Agro-Processing Productivity Enhancement and Livelihood Supports (APPEALS) to increase the productivity of small and medium-scale farmers and resuscitate the agricultural sector of the state.
The project enforced via the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development is operated across the six states namely; Lagos, Kogi, Kano, Kaduna, River and Enugu and is set to span from 2017 to 2023.
However, the basic aim of the APPEALS project is to boost agricultural productivity and also enhance the processing and agricultural value chain which will, in turn, allow job creations. APPEALS projects are currently supporting the value chain of aquaculture, poultry and purposely rice in Lagos.
More so, the project has also started to empower over 1600 agropreneurs for the next two years via a scheme called Women Youth Empowerment Programmes (WYEP). Mrs. Oluranti Sagoe-oviebo, the state Project coordinator has expressed confidence in the beneficiaries of this empowerment scheme saying they would soon become major contributors in agricultural production.
While speaking on the project, the Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr. Gbolahan Lawal made it known that the primary objective of APPEALS is the generation of employments which also tallies with the Lagos State Governor’s vision of providing jobs for the youth of the state.