Prof. Michael Ngadi, Director, Integrated Food and Bioprocess (IFB) programme, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, says Nigeria’s efforts towards a food sufficiency regime should be private sector driven to achieve results.
Ngadi made the assertion at the 20th International Conference and 40th Annual General Meeting of the Nigerian Institution of Agricultural Engineering (NIAE) hosted by Landmark University, Omu-Aran, Kwara.
He spoke on: “Innovations and Technologies for Sustainable Agricultural Mechanisation and Livestock Transformation for Economic Growth”.
Ngadi said most government agriculture policies had failed to address the food insufficiency debacle, but added that the private sector would make the desired change and impact if given the chance.
“Despite high-cost of production and poor infrastructure, there is increasing need for local food production processors.
“This is to differentiate their products in order to meet the growing tastes of the young and high-income consumers.
“We consume more processed food yet process very little; our food production system is still rudimentary.
“This present way of producing food is not sustainable and has very little capacity to move Africa out of poverty.
“There is an urgent need for change,” he said.
Ngadi recommended high capacity build up of stakeholders as very crucial to achieve the desired food sufficiency and socio-economic transformation.