Gbolahan Lawal, the Lagos Commissioner for Agriculture, on Sunday, disclosed that a new farmers’ market will be opened at the Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos, on February 23.
According to him, the market which is named the Eko City’s Farmers’ Market will provide Lagosians access to a wide variety of fresh, local, and in-season farm products direct from the producers.
It will also make Lagos the most desirable destination for businesses with direct socio-economic impact and beneficial returns as well as create an avenue to further champion regional integration through composite economic development.
Lawal said the market would hold every last Saturday of the month and one of its notable objectives is to leverage on the existing relationship with the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Commission to coordinate the participation of other states.
“The central location of the market makes it easily reachable by public transport as its proximity to the Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) corridor further complements Lagosians’ ease of accessibility.
“The venue also makes it easy for farmers and primary producers to supply volumes of food appropriate for customers whether they are single shoppers or a family,” he said.
“In addition to the above, we shall also be dedicating any market day that falls within any of the festive periods such that we shall be having the Easter, Ileya, Ramadan and Christmas editions,“ he said.
He requested for maximum cooperation among Lagosians while assuring that they would get the produce at farm gates' prices.