Making Ogun Nigeria’s food basket

The maxim, “Farmers are kings” is loosely used to underscore the importance of food security as a necessity in every African home. Often times, it is used to get the best out of, and encouraged a lazy man to redouble his effort in providing adequately for his immediate family needs. Also, there is the Yoruba saying that when the issue of food for sustenance is resolved, poverty has no say and it is banished” (Ti ounje ba ti kuro ninu ise, ise buse). With the endowed natural arable lands, Ogun…

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FAO: Trade, critical to bridging food security gaps

Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Qu Dongyu, has identified trade as a means via which countries can appropriate their local advantages and accelerate efforts towards bridging food security gaps across the globe. Dongyu made the assertion at the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture, during a Joint High-level Panel tagged “Harnessing trade for achieving sustainable development goal 2,” pioneered by the FAO and the World Health Organisation (WHO). A point of consensus reached at the forum was that trade policies should form part of a larger integrated…

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Firm launches app to ease food item purchase

Start-up firm, Fuudnet Technology Limited, has launched an app that will serve as a platform for food suppliers to reach a larger market. While unveiling the food app, Fuudzie, in Lagos, the Chief Executive Officer, Fuudnet Technology Limited, Mr Emmanuel Lawan, said the app was also borne out of the need to create a platform for caterers to showcase their skills to the society. He described the app as a digital market place for selling and ordering of processed food items as well as cooked meals, among others. Lawan said…

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Nanono’s food security challenge

Following the swearing-in of Alhaji Mohammed Sabo Nanono as the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, agric stakeholders have unanimously agreed that it is time for the country to boost local produce and market strategies to reinvigorate food security and export. TAIWO HASSAN writes Indeed, there is no doubt that the country’s agriculture enjoyed tremendous support from the Federal Government in the first term of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration. The reason is not far-fetched as the sector is one of the three key sectors of the economy (solid minerals and…

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Border security: Prices of food items rise in Badagry markets

Prices of some food items have increased at some markets in Badagry, Lagos State, following the ongoing joint border security exercise ordered by Federal Government to effectively police the nation’s borders. Checks by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent at markets in the coastal town indicated that the exercise, which started on August 20, had resulted to restriction in the movement of some basic food items across the borders. At the Agbalata International Market, Badagry, a 50-kilogramme bag of rice, which hitherto sold for between N11,500 and N12,500, now…

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Food import: Buhari’s directive may push prices up

Nigeria’s food inflation, which has been on a downward trend in the last two months, could head north if the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) fully implements President Muhammadu Buhar’s directive to stop allocating foreign exchange to food importers in the country, analysts at Financial Derivatives Company (FDC) have said. In a note obtained by New Telegraph yesterday, the analysts, who were commenting on National Bureau of Statistics’ (NBS) latest inflation data, which showed that inflation fell to 11.08 per cent in July from 11.22 per cent in June, predicted…

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Ban on food imports will worsen scarcity – PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said the directive by President Muhammadu Buhari to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) not to finance food importation into the country will worsen food scarcity and exacerbate the already harsh economic situation. PDP said in a statement Thursday, by the National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, that the directive was ill-timed. “It is indeed appalling that instead of bringing solutions to the depreciating living conditions in our nation, President Buhari is rather imposing more suffering by ordering the removal of subsidy on food even when…

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Food & beverage is elixir for economic devt, say experts

  Nigeria’s food & beverages sector can kick-start the revival of the agro-allied sector through creation of massive employment and foreign exchange earnings for Nigerians if government can unlock its potential, experts have said. The immediate past Ogun State Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Abimbola Ashiru and Chief Executive Officer, BtoB Events Jamie Hill said this in Lagos. While the former spoke with New Telegraph in an interview on the sideline of the Food & Beverage Exhibition in Lagos, the latter spoke at the event. Ashiru said that the sector…

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Food additive raises risk of insulin resistance – Study

Scientists in the United States (US) have raised the alarm over the negative impact a common food additive, propionate, saying it could alter metabolism in ways that could increase the risk of diabetes. According to the findings of a new study published in the journal ‘Science Translational Medicine,’ when people received propionate, they experienced an increase in hormone levels similar to those seen in the mouse studies. Similarly, the propionatereceiving participants also showed increased levels of insulin and insulin resistance, compared with when they didn’t receive the additive. Both groups…

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Bigger food portions could make pre-school children eat more

Scientists in the United States (US) said preschoolers that were served large portions of food every day, would ultimately eat more. In a new study, the researchers examined whether children between the ages of three and five were susceptible to the food portion size effect — the tendency of people to eat more when larger portions were served. Findings of a new study published in the ‘American Journal of Clinical Nutrition,’ showed that that when served larger portions of typical meals or snacks, the children consumed more food, both by…

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