The Lagos State Government says it planning to set up an e-commerce
hub or platform for agriculture producers in the state to
produce farm produce in hygienic conditions for export purposes.
The State Acting Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms. AbisolaOlusanya
stated this during the inspection tour of venues of the Eko
City Framers Market at St. Georges Primary School, Falomo, Lagos and
Opebi PrimarySchool, Opebi.
Olusanya said that the hub would be located in a central location where all the certification of production would take place.
“We are trying to setup hubs or platforms where we are able to get > our producers to come together to be able to produce in sanitary and
hygienic condition for us to be able to get organizations like SON,
NAFDAC to do a sort of assessment on the items been produced for us
to be able to export.
“Essentially, we want to be able to make it easier for our producers,
to be able to produce in a way that they do not have to go through
many channels to certify their products. We want to make our
certification take place in one location and then they can easily
export,” the ActingCommissioner noted.
She said the state government also trying to create an enabling
environment for agric-business and producers to ensure the ease
of doing business in the state.
“When you talk about app-tech and e-commerce, I think we have a
a platform for that in the Eko City Farmers Market, which is supposed to
connect the producers to consumers and whosoever want to buy
along any value chain that exists already.
“We know that there are several other platforms as well, like oja.ng;
we have food.ng and a lot of platforms exist already to try to
connect producers to the consumers,” she opined.
Olusanya pointed out that the job of the State Government is to create the enabling environment to ensure that there is ease of
doing business across board.
“I believe we are doing that and you can come to the Ministry
ofAgriculture if you need any resources if you need any help and
support, we are willing and glad to do that.
“We have the agric-business department which actually has the mandate to be able to do farmer linkages to consumers, to farmers, to even
the export community and to other stakeholders across the value
chain. I believe that platform has been setup already.
“In August, we will be having our stakeholders’ engagement virtual
just to try to see what is ongoing with the terrain in the agric space
and be able to see whatever challenges they have and how we can
mitigate all andbe able to offer solutions to them.
“I believe in app-tech space, yes a lot will be done, a lot still
need to be done and like I had said before we also trying to connect
to the our sister Ministry, which is the Ministry of Science and
Technology to develop an app-tech hub to encourage the youth to
actually bring innovative solution in the agric space, so we believe
we are doing that.
“Also, we have the Lagos State Entrepreneurship Programme(LAP), in
Araga, we will be commencing with the next batch in August and part
of their syllabus is the e-commerce section just to try to encourage
them, that itis not just about physical interaction between yourself
and the consumer or whosoever is buying.
“But to ensure that they can also setup e-commerce platforms they can
sell regardless the time or the situation,” Olusanya said.
Also speaking, Mr GbolahanYishau, member of the Lagos State House of
Assembly, representing Eti Osa Local Government, said that the state
government has done a lot starting during the COVID-19 pandemic,
though the pandemic is still on.
Yishau said the state government was ensuring that food gets to the
residents which is why the ekocity farmers market was established.
“On my part, what we have done is to empower people so that they can
have the capacity to shop and buy whatever they need in their homes.
“So we brought vouchers to augment whatever they might have to come
to the market with or even those who have nothing to shop with would
be able to buy things.
“The farmers are also happy because we have created additional market
for people to buy from them.
“I think it is a very good initiative, especially with the
festivities coming up next week, so people can have food on their
table which is a core thing during this pandemic.
“We have already given out some vouchers in the morning at about 1000
people were given N1000voucher and we are going to do more,” he said.
In a similar vein, the Executive Chairman, Onigbongbo Local Council
Development Area, Mr. Francis Oke, lauded the initiative of the
Ministry of Agriculture.
Oke said the market would ease the pressure of going to the open
market to shop for their needs during the festival.
He said the market would be held for five days in the LCDA in order
to give more people, more farmers, and producers to showcase their
“This market is good for people that are preparing for the Ileya
festival so that they can come here and buys whatever produce they
“You can see that the products here are cheaper than what we have in
the open market.
“It is a good thing that we are having this kind of thing in
Onigbongbo LCDA and we all welcome it because it is a good thing.
“At least, to reduce the stress and tension from our people from
buying farm produce for the ileya festival.
“I have discussed with the Acting Commissioner that personally in
Onigbongbo LCDA, we want a weeklong programme, not just one day and
luckily for us, the Commissioner agreed that we should have it till
Friday, August 31,” he said.