The food hub, which was established by the Babajide Sanwo-Olu administration as one of the direct answers to the question of food insecurity and sustainability plaguing the country would be inaugurated on Sunday.
The establishment of the middle-level food hub in Idi-Oro, Mushin, is confirmation of the Lagos State Government’s solution and strategy that harnesses its comparative advantage as a market-state and caters to the key stumbling blocks affecting food security – market information, intermediary integration and contractual certainty.
The Lagos State Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms. Abisola Olusanya in a statement she issued on Saturday stated that Nigeria’s markets are plagued by poor integration, in the face of growing food demands from a burgeoning population.
She said: “Given the inability of markets to efficiently move food from surplus to deficit regions, poor integration has a major effect on both farmer incomes and on food security, hence the need for food systems transformation as exemplified by Lagos State Government’s middle-level agro hub.
“The launch of a new way of food distribution in Lagos with the commissioning of the middle-level food agro-hub will see to the tackling of problems associated with post-harvest losses, inflation, carbon footprint and traffic congestion.
“The middle-level food agro hub is located in the heart of Mushin, Idi-oro, with the modern facility sitting on 6400 square meters of land, has adequate parking (3,017sqm) space to accomodate trailers and vehicles, and has centralized wet and dry storage areas for bulk buying.”