The World Bank has spent about $380m (N75.24bn) on the development of agriculture in Lagos State and some other states in the country in the last eight years.
The Lagos State Commissioner for Agriculture, Gbolahan Lawal, said this during a press conference in the state.
A breakdown of the figure showed that $200m was spent on the National Fadama Development Project, while the $180m was spent on Commercial Agriculture Development Project.
Lawal said as a result of the performance of Lagos State in the World Bank-assisted project, the state had been selected among six states to benefit from another $25m grant for 2015.
The commissioner said about 3,000 birds were killed during a recent outbreak of bird flu in the state, adding that no fewer than 2,000 birds were killed in one farm.
He said about 500 birds each were killed in two other farms.
He added that most of the food requirement of Lagos State was being met through food importation from other states.
He said, “At the end of 2014, our internal production has been 10 per cent which is an increase of seven per cent from the three per cent in Pre-2007.
“The target of Lagos is to hit 25 per cent by 2018. The asset base of cooperative societies in Lagos is now N60bn and there are about 6, 500 cooperative societies in Lagos out of which only 2, 700 have been revalidated and confirmed active.”
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