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Experts advocate local production to boost food security

Experts at the 2022 African Statistics Day in Abuja

The need for Nigeria to grow what it consumes to boost food security dominates discussions as statistical expert gather for the 2022 African Statistics Day in Abuja.

The African Statistics Day is celebrated on the 18th of November every year to create awareness on the importance of statistics in all aspects of life.

The Statistician General of the Federation and Chief Executive Officer, National Bureau of Statistics, Adeyemi Adeniran said the celebration this year, focused on developing data for use in the agriculture sector.

Adeyemi noted that the collection process of agriculture data was tedious due to the extensive nature of the sector but that the NBS had already started the process of utilizing modern technology to complete the first ever digital listing of farming households and establishments all over the country.

‘’Having completed the listing phase of the exercise, are presently making plans to kick start the next phase, which is the survey component’’.

‘’Some of the information to be collected includes farming practices and inputs, types of agricultural products and size of area cultivated, quantity of yield, and much more. This little effort is just one of the ways in which NBS is working to achieve its mandate along the lines of producing adequate agricultural statistics for inform policy planning and implementation’’, Adeyemi said.

The Chairman, Governing Board of the NBS, Dr. Kabiru Nakuara said food was very important to life, hence the choice of theme, ‘’strengthening data systems by modernizing the production and use of agricultural statistics: informing policies with a view to improving resilience in agriculture, nutrition and food security in Africa” 

The Minister of State, Budget and National Planning, Clem Agba argued that to gain more from Agriculture, government needed to invest in agro-technology as well as create value in all sectors of the economy.

For the president Nigerian Statistical Association, Dr. Ebuh Godday, if Nigeria is able to feed her citizens, the bulk of her challenges will be minimized or totally eradicated.

He stressed the need to modernize the production and use of agricultural statistics with a view to improving resilience in agriculture, nutrition and food security.

Reporting by Annabel Nwachukwu, editing by Daniel Adejo