The Federal Government has said it will deploy science and technology to end food scarcity in Nigeria.
Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, made the declaration when the executives of Potatoes Farmers Association of Nigeria (POFAN) and Oil Palm Association of Nigeria, paid him a courtesy visit in his office.
He said the ministry would provide scientific and technical support needed to improve the production of Irish potatoes and palm oil to enable farmers meet up with the demand of local industries and for exports.
While assuring them of his support, the minister urged the farmers to embrace science and technology by using improved varieties of potato and oil palm seeds in addition to the adoption of the use of organic fertilizers and improved planting techniques.
Earlier in his address, National President of the Potatoes Farmers Association of Nigeria (POFAN), Chief Daniel Okafor, said the potato farmers want the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology to provide technical support to the organization and assist in designing and fabricating of bakery equipment, which will be distributed to the 774 local government areas of the federation for the establishment of orange-fleshed sweet potato bread/other confectionary such as cakes, biscuits, cookies, chips, chin-chin, doughnut, puff-puff, meat pie and starch industry.
On his part, President of Oil Palm Association of Nigeria, Igwe Hilary Chukwuemeka, appealed to the Federal Government to bring all the state governors of the 24 oil producing states together to fashion out a master plan on oil palm production.
“If we go back to Oil Palm production Nigeria will be stronger than before” because the bye product of oil palm is more than 360.”