EXPERT CALLS FOR IMPROVED TECHNOLOGY FOR FOOD AVAILABILITY

By Lanre Omotosho – Kwara

As parts of activities to mark this year’s World Food Day, stakeholders in agriculture have been enjoined to intensify efforts at making nutritious food available, affordable and accessible to all Nigerians.

President, Soil Science Society of Nigeria, Professor Bashir Raji gave the advice in an exclusive interview with correspondent Lanre Omotoso in Ilorin.

Professor Raji said Nigeria is blessed with fertile land, good weather and human resources, hence the need for stakeholders in the sector to do the needful to achieve food security.

While attributing high cost of food items to insecurity, climate change and activities of herdsmen, the soil scientist called on government to beef up security to encourage farmers access their farms as well as researchers to provide technology that would enhance nutritious food.

Speaking on this year theme “Our actions are our future- Better production, better nutrition, a better environment and a better life”, Professor Raji emphasized that stakeholders in agriculture, such as governments, Non-Governmental Organisations, media and general public must take steps to ensure healthy diets for all.

According to statistics, over Two point Three Billion people do not have access to adequate food in 2020, while about Ninety percent of undernourished people live in developing nation.

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