As part of efforts to improve the livelihood of the agricultural value chain actors towards wealth creation, job security and supply of wholesome nutritious foods to Lagosians, the Lagos State Government has intervened in bringing sustainable solutions to the fore as regards the egg glut problem confronting poultry farmers in the State.
Speaking on the intervention, the Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms. Abisola Olusanya disclosed that the State Government, through the Ministry, has facilitated the offtake of a minimum of 300,000 eggs from the Erikorodo Poultry Estate in Ikorodu by a private firm-Farm, Alert Ltd.
She added that this was achieved after several visits and negotiations by senior ministry officials and the Poultry Estate towards ensuring that all parties are in agreement on modalities of the offtake.
The Commissioner averred that the operation commenced fully on Monday, 10th April 2023, stressing that the support from the State Government shall further enhance the development of the poultry value chain in Lagos.
In her words, “The poultry farmers operating within Erikorodo and Aiyedoto poultry estates form a large percentage of registered farmers under the Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN), Lagos State Chapter. The initiative is aimed at supporting them and enhancing the food security agenda of the State Government”.
“The administration of Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu will continue to put measures in place to create a conducive environment for farmers to operate in line with efforts to ensure sufficiency in food production in Lagos State”.
The Estates’ Poultry Farmers had stated the egg glut across the may have been caused by the recent cash crunch and closure of schools, amongst other factors.