Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, of Lagos State on Sunday reviewed plans of the state to engage 10 major bakeries to ensure the mass production of coconut bread.
Mr. Ambode made the disclosure in Badagry, Lagos during the World Coconut Day and 7th Lagos Heritage Festival, with theme: “Harnessing Coconut Production for Economic Empowerment and Tourism Development in Lagos State”.
The Governor represented by his Special Adviser on Environment, Mr Babatunde Hunpe at the festival tagged “AGUNKFEST 2018″ said this was to ensure more market avenue for coconut utilisation.
“Therefore, taking coconut to another level with this type of programme is long overdue.
“Nigeria is ranked 18 in the world as a coconut producing country and Lagos State is contributing 70 per cent of the total production.
“Our government places high premium on sustainable food production which is the impetus driving the various activities in the agricultural sector with a renewed commitment.
“A major step taken towards achieving this goal is the establishment of the Lagos State Coconut Development Authority (LASCODA) to uphold the state’s comparative advantage in coconut production,” he said.
The governor said that the state had distributed coconut processing equipment in 12 local governments and local council development areas.
“We have also embarked on the rehabilitation of the coconut belt, massive production of improved coconut seedlings, capacity building and empowerment of coconut value chain actors.
“We have channeled a lot of resources into creating an enduring infrastructural architecture that would ensure that the state’s tourism potential are fully harness for all round economic growth and development.
“We will continue to create the enabling environment for investment in coconut production, commercialisation and utilisation,” he said.