HARVESTPLUS AND FEDERAL COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE AKURE (FECA) LAUNCHES PLANTING SEASON FOR BIO-FORTIFIED VITAMIN A CASSAVA AND MAIZE
On Saturday7th May 2016 HarvestPlus Nigeria in partnership with Federal College of Agriculture Akure (FECA) launched the 2016 planting season for biofortified vitamin A cassava and maize at Federal College of Agriculture Akure (FECA), Ondo state
Speaking at the event on the Updates made in the development and commercialization of vitamin A cassava and Maize in Nigeria, the Country Manager for HarvestPlus Nigeria, Paul Ilona explained the need for Nigerians to have access to nutritious foods through the consumption of biofortified foods.
He further explained that “No fewer than 2,200 children under the age of five die every day in Nigeria due to lack of these nutrients, to curtail this we must improve our nutrition”.
He added that the organisation’s partnership with the Federal College of Agriculture Akure (FECA) will help fast track the training students in the production of biofortified crops.
“Apart from vitamin A cassava and maize we are working to introduce other nutritious staple food crops like vitamin A plantain and banana to ensure which shall serve as channels to provide essential nutrients to Nigerians,” he explained.
Present at the event was the Governor of Ondo State His Excellency Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, represented by the State’s Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr Segun Ayerin, The Provost Federal College of Agriculture Akure (FECA), Dr Adeola Odedina, The Executive Secretary of Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN), Prof B.Y Abubakar, The Deji of Akure Kingdom, His Royalk Majesty, Oba Ajadetoyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi (Odundun II).
Highlights of the event include the presentation of an awards to Governor of Ondo State His Excellency Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, represented by the State’s Commissioner for Agriculture and the The Deji of Akure Kingdom, His Royal Majesty, Oba Ajadetoyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi (Odundun II) and the launching of bio-fort point of sale, processing center and biofort restaurant.