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Institute lauds stakeholders for value addition to staple foods



Institute lauds stakeholders for value addition to staple foods

By Félicia Imohimi

The Nigerian Institute of Soil Sciences (NISS) commended Agribusiness Innovation International for engaging HI-Tech Agro business establishments, professionals, among others, for the development of new approaches to improve crops and add value to staple foods.

NISS Registrar Prof. Victor Chude delivered the praise to the AGRICON conference on Tuesday in Abuja with the theme: “#EndHunger Today: Building National Resilience for Sustainable Food Security”.

The conference was organized by Agribusiness Innovation International in collaboration with FCTA, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, MDAs, among others.

Chude said the conference was laudable given the current state of the world, amid the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, environmental degradation as well as economic and political turmoil that continue to plague the systems. food and food production.

“I congratulate AGRICON for undertaking this commendable initiative to engage HI-Tech Agro business establishments, professionals, consultants, academics and agro-strategic architects for the development of new approaches for crop improvement, value added staple foods.

“Also for scientific techniques on improving agricultural yields as well as for the presentation of modern agricultural technologies,” he said.

The Registrar described the theme of the conference as appropriate given the challenges facing the average Nigerian farmer.

Chude identified challenges such as insecurity, the vagaries of weather conditions aggravated by climate change and environmental degradation as well as the low level of agricultural mechanization and production systems.

Other challenges are low level of investment, poor harvesting and storage facilities, poor access to credit and high risk exposure as well as inefficient and inefficient land management systems.

The registrar, who pointed out that the agricultural production gradient was skewed against the Nigerian farmer, however said he should not be allowed to continue.

“It has become important that all agricultural stakeholders come together to overcome these issues by acting collectively to build resilient and sustainable food systems that will boost agricultural production in farming communities.

“It starts with being responsible and accountable stakeholders wherever we are in the value chain. “

Chude noted that the institute was aligning with the conference’s goals by helping to achieve increased agricultural productivity, a prerequisite for the country’s food security.

He specifically noted that the institute continually trains farmers and extension workers across the country on sustainable soil management practices.

He noted that the institute is currently implementing a five-year strategic action plan (2020-2025) aimed at providing solutions to hunger, poverty and the degradation of natural resources through the protection and management of soil resources. .

According to him, the strategic plan of the institute is in collaboration with partners inside and outside the coasts of the country.

“I would like to state that NISS is ready to partner with Agribusiness Innovation International as part of our five-year strategic action plan. ” (Www.)

Source: NAN

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