A nutritional expert, Mrs Jumoke Akinkuotu, has advised farmers to make intake of adequate and balanced diet their priority.
Akinkuotu, who is the Director of Nutrition, Ondo State Primary Healthcare Development Board, gave the advice y in Akure during a training workshop organised by Ondo Fadama to sensitise farmers on nutrition.
In a paper entitled “Effect of Malnutrition on Productivity and Food Security”, Akinkuotu said findings had revealed that farmers were not consuming the best of what they produced.
“Farmers take the best of their produce are taken to market for sale. This practice has left a good number of farmers to be malnourished.
“Consuming adequate and balanced diet will enhance good health and reduce expenses on drugs.
“It will also enable farmers to have vitality to produce abundant food, thereby enhancing food security for the nation,” she said.
The expert urged women of child bearing age to take the zero to 1,000 days of their children very seriously in terms of what they eat.
She emphasised that the first two years of any child was the formative period when the required nutrient for the body organ should be supplied sufficiently.
Akinkuotu said this was necessary to ensure optimum growth and healthy living of the child.
Earlier, Mrs Jumoke Bakare, the Community Development, Youth and Gender Officer of Fadama project in the state described the training as a follow up to an earlier one organised by National Fadama Coordinator office.
According to Bakare, participants are drawn from critical segments of the agriculture sector, including Fadama Community Facilitators and Federation of Fadama Community Associations.
She urged participants to urgently step down the training to other members of their respective organisations for the larger society to benefit from the exercise