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By Zakariyya Adaramola
The Minister of Science and Technology, Professor Ita Okon Bassey Ewa, has restated the resolve of the Federal Government to boost food production in Nigeria by deploying new technological inputs into the agricultural sector.
The minister said this on Tuesday when he received a delegation of the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), Kenya, led by its Executive Director, Dr. Denis Kyetere, in his office in Abuja.
Professor Ewa revealed that the ministry's agencies have been in partnership with the agricultural sector over the years and that "except technological inputs are injected into the agricultural sector, we will continue to suffer post-harvest losses and setbacks in our efforts to eradicate hunger."
According to him, "post harvest storage facility has been the bane of our agricultural produce."
He further said by improving the content and quality of bio-technology in Nigeria, the ministry would work to improve soil structure and soil fertility. He therefore called for genetic re-engineering in crops production to prevent attacks by pests.
Earlier in his remarks, the Executive Director of the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), Dr. Denis Kyetere, expressed the appreciation of the foundation for the support offered by the ministry in sustaining the activities of the body over the years.