Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola says his administration has purchased land in Osogbo, Osun State for agriculture in order to minimize food shortage.

The governor added that the state was making moves to acquire land in other states where it would commence the planting of cash and food crops such as pineapple and citrus.

Fashola, who was represented by the deputy governor, Mrs. Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, spoke at the inauguration of the state’s Farm Service Centre in Oko Oba, Agege, Lagos on Wednesday.

He said the country was facing a challenge of feeding its huge population.

“Our food security is being threatened by rising food prices. Between 2007 and 2010, prices of major staples rose by over 50 per cent. Nigeria was listed by the World Bank as one of the countries with the highest domestic food price increase among 58 countries surveyed by the Food and Agriculture Organization,” he continued.

The governor explained that the state had come up with an Economic Empowerment and Development Strategy to tackle the challenge of food shortage.

At the event, which was also used to mark the 2012 Farmers Appreciation Day, Fashola said his administration would ensure that by 2025, 30 per cent of the food needs of the state would be produced locally and by 2050, the state would produce 60 per cent of its needs.

Earlier, Commissioner for Agriculture and Cooperatives, Mr. Gbolahan Lawal, said the center would expand the scope of government’s support to farmers in the state.