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Firm pushes for resilient food system

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The Director, Spectra Industries Limited, Mrs Remi Kuteyi, has urged the Federal and state governments to build a better food system that would be resilient to increasing volatility and climate change.

Kuteyi said this in Lagos during the World Food Day (WFD) programme organised by Spectra Industries.

WFD is celebrated yearly on October 16 to commemorate the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

The global event seeks awareness and action to combat hunger and ensure healthy diets.

According to FAO, two billion people lack regular access to sufficient amount of safe, nutritious food, while three billion cannot afford healthy diets as obesity continues to increase worldwide.

The theme for this year’s celebration was: “Our actions are our future – Better production, better nutrition, a better environment and a better life.”

Kuteyi said building a resilient and robust food system would deliver a healthy and sustainable diet.

She added that it would ameliorate the effects of insecurity and hardship on citizens.

Kuteyi noted that less than 10 per cent of Nigerians could afford a healthy diet that provides the recommended food groups.

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She stressed the need for efforts to strengthen the food system and reduce malnutrition.

Kuteyi said conflict, climate change, environmental crises and COVID-19 emergencies had made food systems fragile.

According to her, the company is celebrating the WFD to sensitise the public, especially its immediate community on the need to consume nutritious meals.

“The food we choose and the way we consume it affect our health and that of our planet,” she said.

Managing Director, Spectra Industries, Duro Kuteyi, said the day was to create awareness on the importance of eating healthy and functional foods to promote well-being.

Kuteyi noted that the company produces food products that are health related.

He said the company has produced ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF) for the Lagos State government and some northern states.

“I will advise people to take our cocoa powder because it is loaded with Lecithin which helps to lower cholesterol levels and promote better health.

“It also clears ducts for breastfeeding mothers, promotes healthy brain function and prevents blood clot,” he said.

According to him, healthy meals do not necessarily need to be expensive.

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He said that inclusion of vegetables and fruits in diets would enhance immunity.

He disclosed that the company would open a factory shop to enable people in the community purchase goods at affordable prices.

Kuteyi canvassed the need for the government to give soft loans and grants for farmers. He also asked that they be provided more support in terms of seeds, herbicides and fertiliser, noting that it would make raw materials accessible and affordable for production.

He called on the government to ensure security for farmers.

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