The Lagos State Government will establish a Lagos Aquaculture Center of Excellence (LACE) of N10 billion in Igbonla, Epe, under a Public Private Association (PPP) agreement.
The state governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, revealed this during the week in the distribution of agricultural inputs and productive assets to 2,743 farmers under the Empowerment Program for Agricultural Value Chains 2020.
The governor, represented by his deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, said the center would be located on 35-hectare land.
According to him, the project is designed to drive the growth and development of the aquaculture industry in the state through the direct production of 2,000 tons of fish per year.
He said that he would also guarantee the provision of inputs for fish farmers under the Lagos Nucleus Farms scheme, and would serve as taker of the fish farm groups in the state.
Sanwo-Olu said the state government would also establish two food production centers in Epe and Badagry, known as the Lagos Food Production Centers, to maintain food production and supply.
The governor said the two centers would ensure the revival, expansion and storage of agricultural production facilities in various value chains.
He added that the two centers would develop agrotourism centers in the Songhai Project of the Lagos state in Badagry and the Agricultural Training Institute, Araga, Epe.
“The experience of the past few months during the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown has further reinforced the urgent need to expand the state’s food production base to meet such a spontaneous increase in food demand in the future.
“In line with this realization, and to guarantee the sustained production and supply of food in the state, we are establishing Lakes Food Production Centers in Badagry and Epe.
“In addition, we are establishing the Lagos Aquaculture Center of Excellence (LACE) project N10 Billion that will be located on 35 hectares of land in Igbonla in Epe under a public / private partnership agreement,” he said.
According to the Governor, LACE is designed to drive the growth and development of the state’s aquaculture industry through the direct production of 2,000 tons of fish per year.
“In addition, it will guarantee the provision of inputs to fish farmers under the Lagos Nucleus Farms scheme and will serve as an extractor for the groups of fish farms in the State.”