What FG is Doing to Reduce malnutrition, hidden hunger
The federal government has supported 480 households in Oyo State with nutritional inputs which aimed at reducing malnutrition and hidden hunger among Nigerians.
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Sabo Nanono, who was represented by Oyo state director of the federal ministry of agriculture, Mr Ogunwale Joseph, while distributing the packs to select households in Atiba and Surulere local government areas of Oyo state, said the nutritional inputs will enable Nigerians consume food that is rich in essential vitamins and minerals.
Speaking, Nanono charged the 480 beneficiaries to utilise the nutrition input packs to produce biofortified crops that will improve the nutrition of Nigerians.
He explained that the federal government was keen on nutrition sensitive agriculture so as to reduce malnutrition, stunting, underweight, especially among under five year’s children, to the barest minimum.
Noting that the federal government was not unaware of sharp increases in food prices, reduction in incomes of the poor and vulnerable, negative impacts of COVID-19, Nanono emphasised the need for more involvement of government, individuals, and nongovernmental agencies in addressing the nation’s nutrition challenges.
Nanono charged the beneficiaries to effectively utilise the inputs to improve the nutrition of their households, especially those under five years and school age children.
Each pack given to the beneficiaries contains orange fleshed sweet potato, pawpaw seedlings, ugwu seedlings, tomato seeds, vitamin A maize, organic fertiliser, organic pesticide.
Ogunwale Joseph in his own remarks as state coordinator, stressed that the desire of the federal government is to help evolve eating habit that engenders a more balanced regimen in order to reduce overconsumption of certain classes of food that the objective was to ensure national food and nutrition security by ensuring adequate availability of safe and nutritional food at affordable prices for the rural and urban population in Nigeria.
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