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Adesina’s prize will stimulate interest in agriculture – Obasanjo



Former President Olusegun Obasanjo says the World Food Prize award to Dr Akinwumi Adesina, will stimulate people’s interest in agriculture.

Obasanjo disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa state in USA.

He said that the award was an inspiration to all those involved in the agriculture sector either in the aspect of research, production, marketing or financing.

Obasanjo said, “So what does this do, it encourages anybody in agriculture in the same way that Nobel prize in any of the areas that it has been created to serve will encourage people in that area.

And every aspect of agriculture be it research, be it production, be it marketing, be it financing in all aspect of agriculture.

It should be an encourager and that is why it should help us not only in Nigeria but in Africa generally.

On the zero hunger forum, Obasanjo said it was geared towards achieving sustainable food security and nutrition in Nigeria.

The essence of the forum was to see how the national report on agriculture was being implemented at the states level.

He said that the implementation of the forum would involve every states of the Federation including the Federal Capital Territory.

The Nigeria zero hunger strategy review 2030 was launched in January.

It was aimed at achieving the Sustainable Development Goal that emphasises the prominence of food security and nutrition in member states.

Obasanjo said that agriculture should be driven at the rural communities and states level, adding that the duty of the Federal Government was to provide conducive environment.

According to him, the forum selected eight pilot States including Sokoto, Benue, Borno, Ebonyi, Ogun, Ondo, Kebbi to add impetus to efforts of sustaining food security in the country.

He said that the aim of creating the pilot states was for the forum committee members to actively monitor activities in those States.

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