Agricultural Project Generates 12,350 Jobs

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The Lagos State Agro-Processing, Productivity Enhancement and Livelihood Improvement Support (APPEALS) project has created 12,350 jobs across its three value-chains of aquaculture, poultry and rice, and empowered 17,469 direct and indirect beneficiaries, it has been learnt.

The Project also contributed N333.9 million (0.07 per cent) to the state GDP through the 924 farmers supported in 2020. This is according to the Production Output Survey validated by the Lagos State Bureau of Statistics (LBS).

APPEALS is a World-Bank supported project to enhance the productivity of small and medium scale farmers, and improve value addition along priority value chains in the state. It is being implemented in six states.

State Coordinator of the APPEALS Project Mrs. Oluranti Sagoe-Oviebo stated this during a media parley at the Project’s Coordinating Office in Oko-Oba, Agege.

According to her, about N199 million worth of products in the aquaculture, poultry and rice value chains have been sold by women and youth since receiving grants from the project. Of the 3,950 beneficiaries, 44.14 per cent are females.

Sagoe-Oviebo added the project was directly contributing to United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as the THEMES Agenda of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

porting the project with necessary funds.

She added: “The project has continued to promote productivity enhancement technologies and value addition through the demonstration of improved technologies. These have directly impacted the Project Development Objective. Most of these were confirmed through administrative data.

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