An Ado-Ekiti based Agriculture Extension Officer, Mr Dele Bamikole, on Tuesday said Nigeria’s efforts toward a food sufficiency regime should be private sector driven to achieve results.
Bamikole, attached to Fermeto Farms in Ado-Ekiti, made the assertion in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ado-Ekiti.
He said most agricultural policies of the previous government’s had failed to address the food insufficiency debacle, adding that the private sector would make the desired change and impact, if given the chance.
According to him, Nigeria’s food processing sector still remains underdeveloped in spite of the large market and available expertise.
“The country still depends largely on imports to meet its demand for quality food in spite of abundant available natural resources.
“In spite of high-cost of production and poor infrastructure, there is increasing need for local food production processors, especially with the post COVID-19 regime.
“This is to differentiate their products in order to meet the growing tastes of the young and high-income consumers.
“We consume more processed food, yet process very little; our food production system is still rudimentary.
“This present way of producing food is not sustainable and has very little capacity to move Africa out of poverty.
“There is an urgent need for change,” he said.
Bamikole recommended high capacity buildup of stakeholders as very crucial to achieving the desired food sufficiency and socioeconomic transformation.
“With the recent technological breakthrough in the food processing industry, there is the need to build the capacities of every stakeholder to improve and upgrade on production standard.
“The essence is to be able to meet up with the high food demand being experienced, and more importantly, for Nigeria to compete favourably in the global market space,” Bamikole added.
Edited By: Buhari Bolaji/Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)
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