The Lagos State Government has assured residents of the state of ample meals provide in any respect the 27 designated Coronavirus (COVID-19) Emergency Food Markets, the State Commissioner for Agriculture, Prince Gbolahan Lawal has assured.
Lawal who gave the reassurance over the weekend whereas monitoring the train on the Sam Ethnan Air Force Base, Ikeja; Opebi Primary School and Ogudu Nursery and Primary School, Ojota defined that the emergency markets had been created to cushion the consequences of the 2 weeks lockdown directive by the Federal Government to curb the unfold of coronavirus within the nation.
The Commissioner famous that extra farmers could be deployed to the varied markets on the subsequent market day on Thursday with a purpose to guarantee sufficient provide of farm produce and perishables to fulfill the calls for of customers.
He added that the State Government was collaborating with all related stakeholders to make sure ample meals provide on the numerous emergency markets through the lockdown on the subsequent market day however nevertheless burdened the necessity for customers to adjust to the social distancing in addition to observe the non-public hygiene guidelines whereas buying.
He mentioned the State Government would help the farmers with logistics to allow them mobilize their farm produce to the varied designated emergency markets within the State.
The Commissioner defined that the State Government would scale-up the variety of the markets primarily based on calls for from the completely different communities including that the markets had been a part of the palliative measures adopted by the federal government.
He mentioned the State Government and farmers wouldn’t benefit from the state of affairs to take advantage of the residents of the state including that gadgets are being offered at farm gate costs.
“We underestimated the inhabitants right here and we promise to enhance on it within the coming days.
“This is an excellent alternative for our farmers and contemplating the state of affairs that we’re in, the COVID-19 pandemic to promote their produce at inexpensive costs.
“We wish to guarantee the Nigerian Air pressure base of no matter they might additionally want as a result of we’re in dialogue on how we are able to enhance the talent set of a few of the youths within the base.
“We wish to give them the agricultural talent set by means of the continued state authorities agriprenuership programme.
“Aside from this market, we will even accomplice on the coaching of the youth inside the barrack.
“The base, I’m instructed has a inhabitants of about 20,000; it is a good alternative for us and we hope to have good partnership between the state authorities and the bottom.
Lawal mentioned the coronavirus emergency meals market was set as much as as a palliative measure to cushion the impact of the pandemic.
“The Eko City farmers’ market and the makeshift farmers market are meals markets that now we have launched.
“What we promised the citizenry is each different day however contemplating the logistics, now we have shifted it to each three days in all of the designated makeshift markets within the state.
Speaking earlier, the Air Officer Commanding, Logistics Command, Nigerian Air Force, Ikeja, Air Vice Marshal Lawal Alao recommended the State Government for organising a COVID-19 emergency meals market within the base.
Alao mentioned the gesture would go a great distance in serving to the over 16,00Zero residents store for his or her each day wants through the lockdown.
He mentioned the bottom had already conformed to the lockdown, including that no one was allowed to return into or outdoors the bottom.
“For us, now we have already conformed to the lockdown directive given by President Muhammadu Buhari. That signifies that this base that has a inhabitants of about 6,000, no one goes out and no one is available in.
“We have a hospital right here which caters for the medical wants of our personnel and now we have a practical mammy market and now we have restricted them to promoting solely meals gadgets and pharmaceutical merchandise to go with what now we have within the hospital.
“This gesture of the farmers market by the Lagos State Government could be very welcome.
“We thanked the federal government immensely for it as a result of you possibly can see by the numbers in the event you go spherical. People have been right here since about 10:00 am and are nonetheless trooping to purchase produce.
“They are shopping for issues like tomatoes, onions, pepper, fish, eggs and lots of extra to fulfill residence provide.
“We expect that those who stock up their houses with some perishable items in the past three to four days would have used them up or the produce must have already gone bad, so this market will meet the demands of people during this lockdown,” he mentioned.
Alao urged the federal government to deploy extra farmers to the market with a purpose to cater for the meals calls for of the inhabitants within the base.
“This we’re very appreciative of the state authorities. We hope that subsequently, they are going to come out with extra gadgets, possibly they underestimated the inhabitants right here.
“I imagine that right now is the primary day, this is sort of a check run, the inhabitants was underestimated.
“We hope that subsequently, the state authorities will construct up on this. So far, we’re very appreciative of this.