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Experts advocate consumption of vitamin A staple foods

Dr, Oyeleke Abdulrazak, the Head of Food Nutrition and Safety, in the Ministry of Agriculture(middle) and other guest

The need for Nigerians to consume more vitamin A fortified food products to improve eyesight and the reproductive system has been emphasized.

 The Head of Food Nutrition and Safety, in the Ministry of Agriculture, Dr Oyeleke Abdulrazak made the call in Abuja at a briefing on Vitamin A Maize harvest.

While highlighting the importance of food security, Dr Abdulrazak stressed the need for micro nutrients to be added to staple foods for the well-being of the body.

   The Country Director of an NGO, Harvest Plus, Mr Yusuf Dolar who listed Vitamin A, Iron and Zinc as the most lacking nutrients in diets globally, said it was critical to include them in staple crops.

The country Director said for 2021 planting season, over 9000 metric tons of Vitamin A-Maize seed was harvested and distributed throughout the country by 20 seed companies to improve the consumption of the micro nutrient.

The President, Maize Association of Nigeria, Dr Bello Abubakar, called for more awareness on the production of Vitamin A-Maize in the country.

Reporting by  Emmanuel Kutara, editing by Daniel Adejo.