By Olatunde Odebiyi
Stakeholders stated the nation has what it takes to feed its citizenry if farmers are empowered.
One among them, the Director-Common/Chief Government Officer, Federal Institute of Industrial Analysis Oshodi (FIIRO), Dr. Chima Igwe. stated zero starvation could possibly be achieved via a collaborative effort, noting that the federal government can not do all of it.
Igwe, who was represented by the Deputy Director, Undertaking Growth and Design Division, Dr. Livinus Onu, spoke on the Radisson Blu Anchorage Lodge on Victoria Island, Lagos State, throughout a programme organised by Hope For Life Initiative in collaboration with FIIRO).
The theme was “Our actions are our future; Wholesome diets for a zero starvation world”.
In accordance with him, the empowerment of farmers is important, following the closure of boarders to stem the importation of meals. He famous that with extra help, farmers would produce extra to feed Nigerians.
“Nigeria has what it takes to provide agricultural merchandise to feed the inhabitants with dietary and wholesome diets and to promote at cheaper costs in comparison with imported items or costs being bought now. All palms should be on deck to empower farmers within the nation to allow them produce extra to feed her residents.
“All of the stakeholders within the worth chain, ranging from the farmers all the way down to the processor and people that may finance the farmers in addition to the processors should come collectively,” he added.
He defined that FIRO has the function to help in post-harvest processing of varied merchandise, so as to add worth to the merchandise whereas making certain that high quality merchandise are produced and secure for consumption.
The Government Director, Hope For Life Initiative, Kendi Aig-Imoru, stated Nigeria has what it takes to feed herself, noting that it begins from the person.
“Nigerians ought to begin planting what they’ll eat to feed themselves and their household within the confine of their compound and be told about meals safety, know-how and wholesome diets, as that is essential to advertise wholesome dwelling and scale back illnesses.”
She known as for elevated give attention to agriculture, noting that with this there shall be little or no complain o about what to eat.
Deputy Director, Meals Security and Utilized Vitamin Directorate, Nationwide Company for Meals and Medicine Administration and Management (NAFDAC), Francis Ifem, stated the emphasis is on nutritious diet to attain zero starvation for all in Nigeria.