Abuja – The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has urged the federal government to add value to Nigeria’s agricultural products in order to achieve zero hunger by 2030.
Mr. Sufyan Koroma, a representative of the FAO country, phoned Abuja on Tuesday for a walk organized to commemorate World Food Day 2018.
Koroma, who stressed that agricultural production would be a waste of time without added value, appealed to the federal government to consider other free services that are necessary for agricultural production.
“Nigeria should be free from hunger by 2030, but it is not just based on agriculture.
“This is beyond the scope of agriculture, because free services that need to be developed in agriculture are just as valuable as the products we produce.
“In order for food prices to be lower; it does not just mean production; this means value-added products, services, energy, effective legislation — all of which should contribute to zero hunger.
“It is even connected with transportation, knowing what to produce and for which market. If we produce without adding value, it is basically useless; it's a waste of time.
“How do we control animal diseases, pests, conflicts, climate change and flooding problems?” And all that matters in the effort to achieve zero hunger; therefore, I hope that the government will continue to strive to increase the desire to achieve zero hunger by 2030, ”he said.
In addition, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbe, noted that the federal government, through the ministry, is working on how to improve the ease of doing business in the agricultural sector.
The minister, who was introduced to the ministry’s policy planning and coordination director at the ministry, Alhaji Nasir Adamu, said the move should ensure food security and zero hunger by 2030.
He described the theme of World Food Day – “Our actions are our future: a world of zero hunger by 2030 is possible” – as appropriate, especially during this period when the impact of climate change was devastating for food production and food security throughout the world.
Ogbe said the government also identified key constraints in the value chain of agricultural products, starting from production and consumption, with a view to eliminating them.
"World Food Day this year marks 70go FAO anniversary and their 40-year presence in Nigeria.
“FAO is indeed a partner of Nigeria, and we appreciate them very much.
“The theme can be implemented if the government, the private sector, and development partners work together to fight hunger, extreme poverty and malnutrition.
“This administration is inclined to view agriculture as a business,” he said.
The Nigeria News Agency (NAN) reports that World Food Day is celebrated on October 16 globally each year.
NAN also reports that events held to celebrate World Food Day 2018 include a quiz contest, a symposium, a food fair, a national youth summit, and a national agriculture exhibition.