The Government of Lagos State is set to set up an e-commerce hub for agroprenuers in the state to produce farm produce under hygienic conditions suitable for export markets. Ms. Abisola Olusanya, the State Acting Commissioner for Agriculture, made this known during the inspection of venues of the Eko City Farmers Market, for Ileya, at St. Georges Primary School, Falomo, and Opebi Primary School, Opebi.
That the proposed hub would be located in a central location where all the certification of production would take place. She said that the ministry was trying to work with the Ministry of Science and Technology to develop an app-tech hub so as to encourage the youth to bring innovative solutions for agriculture. “We are trying to set up hubs or platforms where we will be able to get our producers to come together and be able to produce in sanitary and hygienic condition for export opportunities. We will get organisations like SON, NAFDAC to do a sort of assessment on the items 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 acting commissioner said.
Olusanya further said that the state government was working to create an enabling environment for agricultural businesses in the state. “When you talk about app-tech and e-commerce, I think we have a platform for that in the Eko City Farmers Market, which is supposed to connect the producers to the consumers and whosoever wants to buy along with any value chain that exists already.
“We know that there are several other platforms as well, like oja.ng and we have food.ng and a lot of platforms exist already to try to connect producers to the consumers.
“I believe we are doing that and you can come to the Ministry of Agriculture 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 set up already,” she said.
She also said that “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 to be able to see whatever challenges they have and how we can mitigate all and be able to offer solutions to them.
I believe in app-tech space, yes a lot will be done, a lot still needs to be done. “We are also trying to connect to 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 it is not just about the physical interaction between yourself and the consumer or whosoever is buying.
“It is to ensure that they can also set up e-commerce platforms, they can sell regardless of the time or the situation,” Olusanya added.
Reported by OLADIMEJI OGUNTOYINBO,
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