Minister maps plan for food security, vitamin a cassava

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The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh

 

    Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbe, has disclosed avenues the Federal Government is exploring to ensure food is available for every Nigerian all year round, especially during dry seasons.

    He said that government has planned to dam some rivers and streams to encourage dry season farming and aquaculture as well as the establishment of cassava flour mills equipped with flash dryers to process high-quality odourlous cassava for domestic consumption and for export.Ogbe, who was represented by the coordinating director of the Nigeria Agriculture Quarantine Service, Dr. Vincent Isegbe, said this at the flag off of the youth engagement and enterprise development along cassava value chain and distribution of vitamin A cassava stems to farmers in Otukpo Benue State on Friday.

    Noting that there was need to explore opportunities in the cassava value chain, he said, “We are working with the
Angelina Ogbole Memorial Foundation, which is collaborating with HarvestPlus International to ensure the incorporation of essential micronutrients such as vitamin A, zinc and iron in our staple food crops.”

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