FG to save over $8bn through food storage technology
While receiving a team of researchers from the institute lead by Executive Director, Prof. Peters Olufemi in Abuja, The Minister of State for Agriculture,
Sen. Heineken Lokpobiri said that the Federal Government would save $8billion through new storage technologies developed by the Nigerian Stored Products Research Institute, Ilorin (NSPRI), and that the institute had been able to fabricate and develop technologies that would reduce storage problems of all food crops in the country. He also said the development would aid Nigeria’s target of self-sufficiency in food production through reduction in post-harvest losses, adding that the initiative would also ensure that agricultural produce will be kept within the food supply chain. Lopkobiri recalled that findings from 2013 Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) factsheets and NSPRI survey conducted in all geopolitical zones, estimated food losses to be 51.3 tonnes across all crops; valued at $8.9 billion dollars, and that the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has achieved increased food production and was addressing post-harvest losses along all the value chain. He said the initiative was a sure path to food security for the country and would enhance exportation of agricultural produce which will boost foreign exchange reserve, and assured the teams of Government’s support to strengthen the institute with necessary funding to enable them perform their mandate which included development of post harvest technologies for farmers and cottage industries.
Nigeria: Lagos Tackles Non Communicable Diseases
Announcing this in a press briefing, the Special Adviser on Primary Health Care, Dr. Olufemi Onanuga, said Globally, Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) are the leading cause of functionary impairment and death. These diseases are by far the leading cause of mortality in the world, representing 60 per cent of all deaths. By 2020, it is predicted that Non Communicable Diseases will be causing seven out of every 10 deaths in developing countries, and Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) are regarded as chronic conditions that do not result from acute infectious process. These conditions cause death, dysfunction, or impairment in the quality of life and they usually develop over relatively long periods. Generally, these conditions or diseases result from prolonged exposure to causative agents, many associated with personal behaviors and environmental factors. He also said that the State has embarked on a free screening and awareness programme on the three diseases following the dangers which they pose to health and economic loss to both individuals and governments, and He further explains that the wellness week will be flagged off simultaneously in all the five Local Government Areas (LGAs) and 11 Local Council Development Authorities (LCDAs) in Lagos East Senatorial District by the Sole Administrators. Onanuga says: “The fourth round wellness week is scheduled to hold from tomorrow to Friday 19, between the 8am and 4pm, daily. The programme is an integrated health screening and will involve awareness and screening for hypertension and diabetes as well as screenings for cancers of the breast, cervix and prostate, adding that “The Hypertension and Diabetes screenings will take place concurrently in five LGAs and 11 LCDAs of the Lagos East Senatorial District.” He however, notes that the screening for cancer of the Breast, Cervix and Prostate will take place in Epe LGA as well as Eredo and Ikosi Ejirin LCDAs.