Border closure will enhance food security – Food Expert

Acheme Jack, Kano

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A food and Nutrition expert in Nigeria, Dr. Dahiru Adamu of the Department of Food Science and Technology, Bayero University Kano (BUK), has commended the partial closure of Nigeria’s land border with some neighboring countries, as it will enhance rice value chain, food security and create more employment opportunities in the country.

Nigeria government, since the month of August this year partially closed its land borders with neighboring countries of Niger and Benin Republics against unwholesome smuggling of foreign goods which affects local production, especially rice, a staple food largely produced and consumed in the country.

Dr Adamu who was the Guest Lecturer at the commissioning of the Ultra-modern PRNigeria Centre in Kano built by Image Merchant Promotions Limited (IMPR) publishers of PRNigeria and Economic Confidential said the policy will contribute immensely to the economic growth indices of the nation especially the gross Domestic Product, GDP., as domestic rice milling factories, farms, transport and marketing systems evolve.

“The rebellion posture of the Federal Government on border closure has quick wins which include food security, quality, safety, nutrition, defence, reduction in corruption and the development of appropriate technologies as well as creation of employment opportunities.”

“The rice value chain will also enhance the use of critical manpower development, logistics control and development, sustainable employment, sustainable income to enable individual, corporate and national planning strategies,” he emphasized

The Head of Department, Food Science and Technology, BUK, said the major challenge to sustainability of the policy in the rice industry is the knowledge gap between researches and implementation which needed to be harnessed.

Nigeria became the largest producer of the Rice commodity in Africa in March this year with 4 million tons annual production when it over took Egypt..

The Head of Department of Mass Communication, Bayero University Kano Dr. Haruna Ismail urged the government to use the media to promote the policies for national security and interest.

The advantages of border closure would enhance local production of Nigeria’s rice and value addition. There is the need for the government to engage more in aggressive sensitization of communities through the media,” said Dr, Ismail

One of the uptakers, the Chairman, Managing Director of Fursa Foods  Abba Dantata who also an executive member of the Rice Processors Association of Nigeria(RIPAN)  said the development has enhanced increased production as well as patronage of the commodity.

“The Nigerian Rice has more nutritional value without  preservatives that sometimes cause diseases compared to the imported ones. It also has multiplier effect of employment generation through various rice value chain,” he added.

The Chairman and founder of PRNigeria, Mr. Yushau Shuaib  said the centre is dedicated to the training and mentoring of those inclined to investigative Journalism and Public Relations practice, while also serving as a centre for conferences and seminars in collaboration with critical stakeholders such as NIPR and  Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).