Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Sunday tasked the nation’s leaders to evolve new methods and strategies to sustainably address the negative impact of climate change on food security.
The Governor, who spoke through the Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Mr Tunji Bello at the 2016 World Food Day celebrations said the Lagos State Government has been in the forefront of the campaign for positive actions to protect the environment against the negative effects of climate change.
“In the area of agriculture, various strategies are being implemented including the adoption of methods that will ensure continously farming activities throughout the year with or without rainfall”, the Governor added.
He also explained that several clusters of Greenhouses have been erected in various zones of the State with the recent one being set up at the “Iyaafin Vegetable Estate” in Badagry.
“In these Greenhouses, rain fed cultivation of food crops is eliminated as water is supplied to cultivated seeds or vegetative propagates through appropriate methods of irrigation including drip and sprinkle among others”, he stressed.
Governor Ambode said the State has also embarked on the establishment of tree plant nurseries for the raising of different species of tree plants to aid the process of reducing the amount of carbon and temperature of the
He commended farmers for their commitment and perseverance, adding that at this time, the need to accord agriculture the desired attention in increasingly becoming self evident.
Also cash worth seven million(#7m) was doled out to co-operatives to enhance their agricultural substance.
The event which featured a March past and parade by the exhibitors and farmers also witnessed the presentation of awards to winners of agriculture quiz competition amongst secondary schools and farmers.