The Lagos State Government has revealed that the Agro-Processing, Productivity Enhancement and Livelihood Improvement Support (APPEALS) project has impacted about 879 farmers, small and medium-scale enterprises. It was revealed that the beneficiaries of the scheme are in the poultry, aquaculture, and rice value chain of the agriculture sector.
APPEALS is a World Bank assisted project which has been implemented through the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in six states across the country – Cross River, Enugu, Kaduna, Kano, Kogi and Lagos.
The purpose of the project is to enhance the agricultural productivity of small and medium-scale farmers and improve value addition along priority value chains in the participating states.
Lagos State Commissioner for Agriculture, Abisola Olusanya, added that there were 3,516 stakeholders that benefitted indirectly from the project while, another 8,000 farmers received training and demonstrations which has led to improvements in output.
APPEALS Project is a six-year initiative by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) in collaboration with the World Bank. The project was developed in line with Agricultural Promotion Policy (APP), or the Green Alternative, 2016-2020. It plans to support policy thrusts on Food Security, Local Production, Job Creation and Economic Diversification.