Lagos produces solar-powered kiosks for farmers

The Lagos State Government on Sunday said it had produced solar-powered kiosks that would ensure effective market access for farmers and agripreneurs.

A statement said the state acting Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms. Abisola Olusanya, spoke while inspecting the ministry’s facilities at Oko Oba, Agege.

Olusanya noted that the kiosks would be distributed to farmers at an empowerment programme of the state government scheduled for late July.

She said the kiosk was a self-functioning system which not only produced its own energy, but also additional energy to charge other products.

According to her, the project is an initiative of the World Bank Assisted Agro-Processing, Productivity Enhancement and Livelihood Improvement Support.

“Looking at the kiosk, the build-up is very impressive; you can put your refrigerator and some cold chain elements in it. Looking at that, it is also bringing to bear the need for the ministry and the state government to do much more for stakeholders, especially around market access, which is what these kiosks would do,” she added.

Olusanya explained that the kiosks were potential revenue earners and savers for small businesses, especially farmers with perishable food, as the kiosks would help keep their businesses open for a longer period than they would have if there was no means of electricity.

She disclosed that the kiosks, in addition to producing renewable energy would also disperse clean energy, while excess power would be distributed through the main grids for charging of other devices, including refrigerators.

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