Ministry decentralises farmers’ markets for Ileya festival

The Lagos State Government on Sunday said the Eko City Farmers ’ Market , Ileya edition , would hold in 26 public schools in the state .
The Acting Commissioner for Agriculture , Ms Abisola Olusanya , said the occasion , scheduled for Sunday, July 26 , would enhance agricultural supply by connecting all the value chains with their markets .
According to Olusanya , the Eko City Farmers ’ Market is a platform where the best of Lagos producers will meet consumers and end users by using the traditional and innovative development methods to showcase “ a well organised high quality market to meet the consumers’ ever increasing demand for farm produce . ”
She added that the market would also help in rebuilding the local food economies by providing a cost - effective , retail - sales prospect for local food producers in the state .
“ The notable objectives of the decentralised Eko City Farmers ’ Market are to provide Lagosians access to a wide variety of fresh , local , in-season farm produce direct from the producers; and to make Lagos the most desirable destination for businesses with direct socio- economic impact and beneficial returns, ” Olusanya said .
The acting commissioner noted that the market would also provide an informal social gathering place in an open- air setting for the community where the market was situated , as well as demonstrate environmental stewardship .
She identified the local governments where the markets would be set up as Mushin, Alimosho , Surulere , Ikeja , Apapa , Lagos Mainland , Eti - Osa , Ifako Ijaiye , Lagos Island, Kosofe , Oshodi - Isolo , Epe, Badagry , Ikorodu and Agege .
Olusanya stressed that safety guidelines had been put at each of the markets , urging strict adherence to the measures by shoppers , including social distancing.

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