The Lagos State Government says it will continue to retail the LAKE Rice on senatorial basis to ensure fair distribution and guard against diversion at designated outlets across the state.
The Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr. Toyin Suarau, while defending the resolve of the government, stated that the state wanted the product – which is packaged in 50 kilogrammes, 25kg and 10kg bags and offered for sale to residents at N12,000, N6,000 and N2,500 respectively – to get to consumers intact.
Suarau spoke on Tuesday while reviewing sales reports of the product, noting that the government was working to ensure availability of the product in centres that were in short supply of it.
He said, “As from Wednesday, December 28, 2016, all designated retail outlets and centres will have enough supply of the product to meet growing demands of residents.”
He added that residents, who reside within the Lagos Central Senatorial District, could get the product at Agric Area Office, Ajah; LASTMA Works yard, Lagos Island; Alakoto Senior High School, Tolu; Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere; and Mobolaji Johnson Sports Centre, Rowe Park.
Suarau noted that for those in the Lagos East Senatorial District, the product would be sold at Odogunyan Farm Service Centre, Ikorodu; Temu Farm Service Centre, Epe; Noforija Town Hall, Eredo; Magbon Alade School, Ibeju Lekki; and State Universal Basic Education Board premises, Maryland.
“The product will also be on sales at the Lagos West Senatorial District, at the Lagos State Agricultural Development Authority Farm Service Centre, Agege; Lagos Agricultural Inputs Supply Authority, Ojo; Farm Service Centre, Marina-Badagry; and Ikeja Grammar School, Bolade, Oshodi.
“The LAKE Rice is a product of the collaboration between Lagos and Kebbi states for the development of agricultural commodities like rice, wheat, groundnut, onions and maize,” Suarau said.