Connect with us

Top stories

Nigeria can attain food security with modern technologies- NABDA DG



Nigeria can attain food security with modern technologies- NABDA DG

Prof. Alex Akpa, Director General of National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA), says Nigeria can attain food security with the adoption of sustainable technologies that can advance food production.

Akpa said this in an interview with ROYAL NEWS, on Tuesday in Abuja.

He emphasised that Nigeria must embrace agricultural innovations currently being adopted by nations of the world who were termed food secured.

“For Nigeria to be classed as food secured, all people at all times must have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food,” he said.

The professor pointed out that food security had become a contemporary development issue due to its role in transforming people’s livelihood, promoting good health and mitigating endemic poverty.

He maintained that with sound economic policies, capitalisation, innovative approaches to food production, proper application and embracement of technology and innovative solutions, food insecurity would be a thing of the past in Nigeria.

Nigeria can attain food security with modern technologies- NABDA DG

He said President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to close Nigeria’s borders was commendable.

“The decision has now made farming attractive, therefore it is important to follow swiftly with available solutions, business models and policies that will increase food production and turn our economy around.

“With biotechnology deployment, we can leapfrog our agro-production, have better quality produce and high yields, reduce drudgery and improve resistance to pest and diseases in the agricultural sector,’’ Akpa said.

The NABDA boss, therefore, called on governments at all levels, stakeholders and scientists to join hands and build a knowledge driven economy, enhance food security to attain zero hunger by 2030.

Facebook Comments Box


Copyright 2022 ROYAL NEWS. All rights reserved. Digital material on this website, may not be published, reproduced, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or in part without prior express written permission from ROYAL NEWS.


Download ROYAL NEWS app

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.