The Lagos State Government has produced solar-powered kiosks that would ensure easier and more effective market access for farmers, agripreneurs and stakeholders in an eco-friendly manner. The state’s Acting Commissioner for agriculture, Ms. Abisola Olusanya, who made this known while on an inspection tour of her ministry’s facilities at Oko Oba, Agege, Lagos, noted that the kiosks would be distributed to farmers at the next Value Chain Empowerment programme of the state government.
She explained that the solar-powered kiosks were self-functioning systems which produce their own energy and also provides additional power for other items, making it essentially environmentally friendly. She explained that the solar-powered kiosk was the brain child of the World Bank Assisted Agro-Processing, Productivity Enhancement and Livelihood Improvement Support (APPEALS) Project whose core interventions are in food security, agro-export
potentials and livelihood improvement.
Olusanya said: “The APPEALS Project, which is being spearheaded by our programmes coordinator here under the World Bank Assisted Programme, has continued to put Lagos State on the map. They have made some kiosks, solar-powered which we have come to see and inspect. The kiosks are supposed to aid our value chains empowered programme which is taking place sometime this July, to see how that can also help our stakeholders in the value chains.
“Looking at the kiosks, the build- up is very impressive; you can put your refrigerator and some cold chain elements in it. It also brings home the urgent need for the Ministry and the State Government to do much more for stakeholders, especially around market access, which is what these kiosks would do,” she added. P.M News