Lagos State Government has stated that its World Bank-assisted Agro-Processing, Productivity Enhancement and Livelihood Improvement Support (APPEALS) Project would be constructing and rehabilitating no fewer than 13.16km farm access roads in four cluster areas across the State.
The State Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms. Abisola Olusanya, who made this known at a press briefing in commemoration of the second year in office of the Governor Sanwo-Olu led administration, explained that the access roads when completed would aid better movement to and from the farms, reduce losses of broken eggs occasioned by bad roads and subsequently, improve the productivity of the concerned farmers.
Olusanya noted that the evaluation and engineering design for four access roads in Igbodu and Araga in Epe, Erinkorodo in Ikorodu and Afowo in Badagry have been finalised and construction would commence soon.
She said, “The Agro-Processing, Productivity Enhancement and Livelihood Support (APPEALS) Project is a World Bank-assisted project aimed at enhancing the productivity of small scale farmers in the three identified value chains of poultry, aquaculture and rice through capacity building, provision of infrastructure and empowerment’.
“The project will be rehabilitating and constructing 13.16km Farm Access Roads (FARs) already identified in four different clusters across the State. The design of the Bill for Engineering Measurement and Evaluation is at the final report stage. The advertisement for potential contractors and subsequent implementation will be carried out once the work plan is approved by Mr. Governor”, she asserted.
According to the Commissioner, 1,621 regular beneficiaries under the Project’s Women and Youth Empowerment Programme (WYEP) have been trained in agribusiness management and other soft skills within the last two years out of which 462 of them have received No Objections on their Business Investment Plans (BIPs).