- Abisola Olusanya, the Lagos commissioner for agriculture, has said that the government may consider creating cattle ranches in the state
- Olusanya stated that Lagos is the largest market for meat in Nigeria
- The commissioner noted that the government would also harness the abundant water resources in the state
The Lagos government has said that residents of the state consume 1.8 million heads of cattle every year.
Channels TV reports that the state commissioner for agriculture, Abisola Olusanya, disclosed this during an interview on the station's progreamme Sunrise Daily.
Legit.ng gathered that she reiterated the commitment of the state government in exploring the state’s waterways to expand the fishery opportunities.
She noted that the Japanese would export shrimps and later import the products to Nigeria.
While describing the situation as ridiculous, the commissioner lamented that a lot more needs to be done to harness the abundant water resources in the state.
“We have these abundant water bodies around us, what are we doing with it? These are areas where Lagos would like to concentrate on areas where we have the competitive and comparative advantage.
“We would like to expand on what we can do in the red meat sector. Lagos consumes well over 1.8 million heads of cattle on an annual basis. We consume over 6,000 heads of cattle on a daily basis. When you consider the transactional value for cattle alone for Lagos, it’s over ₦328 billion but we are producing nothing.”
The commissioner said since Lagos is the largest market for meat, it would make sense for the state government to set up ranches.
Olusanya revealed that the Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu administration is working on the move, saying that the government would be rolling out an Expression of Interest to investors.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the wife of Kaduna state governor Hadiza Isma El-Rufai caused an uproar on social media as she shared pictures from her poultry and cow farms.
It was reported that in a recent Twitter post, she shared pictures from her livestock farms with a cryptic message.
Nigerians, however, flooded her comment section as they reacted, expressing diverse thoughts to her tweet.