In a bid to ensure food security for Lagosians, the Lagos State Governor Akinwumi Ambode has declared the use of reusable plastics crates to aid transportation of farm produce rather than raffia baskets.
The Governor who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello made this known recently at an event held in Police college Lagos.
In his speech, the Governor said that this step was taken to secure agricultural produces.
Ambode noted that climate change was threatening the increase in agricultural output.
According to him “The greatest challenge to achieving a sustainable reduction in food shortage, therefore, remains our ability to mitigate the effects of climate change.”
“One of the measures we are putting in place is the encouragement of the use of reusable plastic crates in place of raffia baskets for the carriage of perishable farm produce; this is expected to commence state-wide next year.” He added
On her part, Executive Director of the British-American Tobacco Nigeria Foundation (BATNF), Ms Abimbola Okoya, also explained that a higher percentage of agricultural produce was perishable and so measures needed to be taken to ensure significant risks were minimized.
“Small-scale farmers have low volumes of marketable surplus and their farms are mostly located in remote areas with poorly developed infrastructure and transportation.” She said.