No fewer than 150 farmers in Ogun state, South-West Nigeria were trained on the importance of good nutrition and balanced diet in eradicating malnutrition in the country.
The training was organised by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) through its assisted Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP) at Ifo in Ogun. It has as it’s theme “Improving Nutrition Outcome through Agriculture’’.
Participants trained were selected from five local governments in the state comprising.
Mrs. Sidi Osho, the National Consultant Mainstreaming Nutrition into Agriculture for IFAD-VCDP said it is important for farmers to have the knowledge and benefit of taking adequate and balanced nutrition.
She decried the low level of knowledge about good nutrition among farmers and their families, saying that it called for quick intervention.
The consultant added that eating nutritious and balanced food is very important for farmers as it would help protect them and their household from sickness.
According to her, it will also increase food production in the country, because when farmers eat nutritious balanced meals, they will be healthy enough to work on their farmland.
She urged the trainees to apply what they learnt in their households and to also train other people in their various communities so as to address malnutrition in the country.
On food production, she advised women farmers to have an entrepreneurial mind set, to be creative and skilfully improve the nutritional value of their homes and generate income.