Farmers in Lagos State who are beneficiaries of the Agro-Processing, Productivity Enhancement, and Livelihood Improvement Support (APPEALS) project have expressed their appreciation to the state government and the World Bank for their efforts in promoting food security. These farmers, representing various regions of the state, have witnessed significant improvements in their productivity, particularly in the aquaculture, rice, and poultry value chains, thanks to the support provided by the Lagos APPEALS project.
During a recent media tour of the Lagos APPEALS project’s intervention sites, the farmers voiced their commendations. Mr. Raphael Hunsa, the Chairman of the Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria in Lagos State, lauded the project for its assistance to farmers at the Gberefu farm site, emphasizing that it has substantially increased productivity and improved livelihoods for farmers across the state.
Mr. Jolaoluwa Olumayowa, the Secretary of the Badagry Fish Hatchers Association, described the APPEALS project as a game-changer for his group, attributing their newfound capacity to contribute significantly to the nation’s agricultural output to the project’s intervention.
Mrs. Oluwatoyin Oloyede, the Coordinator of the Nigerian Army Officers Wives Association Farmers at Ojo Barracks, expressed her gratitude to the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and the Lagos APPEALS Project for their support in aquaculture and poultry farming. She highlighted how the project has empowered the wives of military officers in the barracks, allowing them to generate income and become more self-reliant even when their spouses are away.
“We are so happy to tell you that even when our husbands are not around, we are busy. We are on the farm, and we are making money and keeping the home front. We are no longer liabilities to our husbands. We are grateful to the APPEALS Project,” she said.
The sentiments of these farmers underscore the positive impact of the Lagos APPEALS project on food security, agriculture, and the livelihoods of residents in Lagos State.