The Lagos State Government has said there is treasure in the agricultural sector, adding that the fishery sub-sector is part of the treasure that the state is offering investors.
Governor Babatunde Fashola, who said this, added that the state’s fishermen were celebrated annually to showcase their products so that investments targeted at unlocking the treasure box of the agricultural economy, especially in the fisheries sub-sector, could come to Lagos.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives in a statement on Tuesday said it organised the Seafood Festival to expose grassroots fishermen and their products, as well as their businesses to the outside world.
Fashola said, “This occasion is a timely wake-up call to attract investments targeted at unlocking the treasure box of the agricultural economy, especially in the fisheries sub-sector.
“The festival, which started in 2012, has been a symbolic way of opening the eyes of the people to the different business opportunities in the riverine communities and has opened windows of opportunities to boost commercial activities in their areas.”
Fashola added that the festival would stimulate investors’ interest in the fisheries industry.
The Commissioner for Agriculture and Cooperatives, Gbolahan Lawal, said the initiative was also to boost fish farmers’ productivity.