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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

CADP contributes 12% to Lagos agricultural GDP

Anthony Nwakaegho/NaijaAgroNet

The Commercial Agriculture Development Project (CADP)  Lagos State, has disclosed contributing about 12.75 per cent to the State Agricultural Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2012, through its intervention fund to the commercial farmers.

The State CADP coordinator, Mr Kehinde Ogunyinka confirmed this to NaijaAgroNet while speaking at the forum with the theme:”Media and the challenges of food security in Nigeria” organised for stakeholders in the industry, Wednesday, to showcase the results and impacts of CADP on small-medium commercial farmers in the State.

Ogunyinka also said that the project had supported 1,483 farmers under the aquaculture value chain with various inputs including collapsible fish tank, extruding technology; fish seed; solar submersible pumping machine smoking kiln; pen and cage culture system and tricycle and so on.

He listed other beneficences to include 1,284 farmers under the rice value chain, with 300 farmers in the estate with input in poultry from point of lay and cage, day old chicks’ hatchery and incubator, deflowering machine, blast freezer and cold room.

“The promotion of the use of fitted battery cage for poultry birds by the project beneficiaries has resulted in the reduction of mortality and disease transmission by over 15 per cent, increase in egg production 20 per cent, feed wastage by over 40 per cent,” he said.

NaijaAgroNet equally gathered that CADP has intervened in the area of infrastructure, constructing a total of 22.19Km rural roads in 10 locations which has impacted the travel time to the nearest market within the communities to reduce from 22 minutes before the intervention to 18.77 minutes.

The project coordinator also said it has intervened in the area of energy support to compliment Agro processing activities, supported 3,508 beneficences and indirectly influenced over 80,000 beneficences, created over 6,000 jobs and indirectly created over 12,000 jobs.

He explained that CADP has now opened a market information Kiosks (MIKs) known as CADP/CADA MIK at Agege Main Market, Ayetoro Market and Ayeangburen Market in Lagos to offer services to people looking for current and easy access to information on products and prices.

“I urge the farmers to ensure that they contribute their quota to the state as the state government  is prepared to increase the quality of food for the over 21 million. It is a herculean task because lands are used for housing, but the farmers should make proper use of the available land,’ he said.

Also speaking with NaijaAgroNet, a farmer and Media Consultant BridgeWorld Communications, Mr Gboyega Akosile said that the farmers are the real heros of the nation,  while food insecurity is a global crisis and urged the media to “access and disseminate information while acting as a link between the farmers, government, policy makers and donor agencies.”

Akosile said that the media should canvass that the National Assembly legislate that the Federal Government should implement the 10 per cent Africa Union Maputo Declaration that will assist farmers to develop the agricultural sector in the country.

NaijaAgroNet visit to the exhibition stands of the beneficiaries and their products, including Chileo Farms-Packaged Red Ofada rice, Obest Rice, Pedro Farm Limited-Packaged frozen chicken, Timmod Investment Limited- packaged Dry fish, Mts Ofada rice and Jiyo Super Eggs.
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