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Make Vitamin A cassava, maize staple food, expert counsels

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The Country Manager of HarvestPlus, Dr. Paul IIona, has urged Nigerians to regularly eat Vitamin A cassava and maize due to their health benefits.

Stating that the regular ones on the streets were far less nutritive, IIona noted that many Nigerians fall sick because they do not eat good and balanced diet.

A statement by the organisers said the expert made the appeal during the launch of the planting season for biofortified food crops (Vitamin A cassava and maize) at the Federal College of Agriculture (FECA), Akure, Ondo State.

Ilona submitted at the event, with the theme, “Scaling out Biofortification Investment in Nigeria”, that over the years, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Federal Ministry of Health have been canvassing support for access to nutritious foods, especially Vitamin A cassava, a staple food in the South West. So far, according to him, over one million Nigerians now grow the recommended specie.

Earlier, FECA Provost, Dr Samson Adeola Odedina, commended the group for the robust partnership, which began six years ago.

The Deji of Akure Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi (Odundun I) and the state Agriculture Commissioner, Pastor Segun Ayerin, were among the dignitaries at the occasion.


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