Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has announced through the Commissioner of Agriculture that his administration will establish a 250-hectare feedlots/ranch in Igbodu, Epe, through private sector investment to boost production in the red meat value chain.
The state Commissioner for Agriculture, Abisola Olusanya, disclosed the information to newsmen on Thursday. He said the project was to mitigate against shortage of supply caused by strikes and other challenges.
Feedlots are agricultural operations where animals are kept and raised in confined situations…that congregate animals, feed, manure and urine, dead animals, and production operations on a small land area.
In the arrangement, feed is brought to the animals rather than the animals grazing or otherwise seeking feed in pastures or fields.
Ms Olusanya said that the project would be in phases as more private feedlots were expected to be set up in the state.
She said that investors were already indicating interest.
According to the commissioner, the state has acquired more land in Epe but would implement the project in phases.
“We have actually called on investors, put out an expression of interest.
“We have investors who actually showed interest, they have applied and done screening.
“We are just trying to clear, put a bit of infrastructure in place and get private investors to invest.
“We are doing 250 hectares in the first instance, that is phase one; we have acquired more land at Igbodu, Epe, and we are hoping to be able to increase it,” she said.