The Federal Government in partnership with the Netherlands and IITA has called for the use of insects to boost agricultural output and employment opportunities in Nigeria.
This was made known during the official kick-off of the Insect4Feed Impact Cluster programme which was held at the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) conference centre, Ibadan, Oyo State.
The initiative which is funded by the Netherlands and Netherlands Enterprise Agency is supported by the NGN Impact with Insects; IITA Business Incubation Platform (BIP); University of Ibadan; ProEnto; Quality Insects for Food and Feed Association of Nigeria, Feed Calculator and the Nigerian Breweries.
Speaking at the event, Chief Executive Officer of IITA BIP, Dr. Frederick Schreurs, emphasised the need to create sustainable jobs for the youths in Africa.
“We do this through incubation. We will create interaction with local knowledge and make sure we create jobs.
“We need to feed the population and make sure there is food for all. We need to build strategies,” Schreurs stated.
On his part, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Mahmood Abubakar, who was represented by Mrs. Omolara Abimbola, stated that the Federal Government was interested in anything that will enable the youths to be gainfully employed.
Netherlands Vice-Consul, Economic Affairs, Mr. Abel Neering, stated, “There are a lot of benefits in this project. It touches upon few topics, which are very important to us in the Netherlands.
“And especially Nigeria such as agricultural development, youth entrepreneurship, youth employment and the economy.”
“By producing insects, jobs can be created for the youth. Also, insects are input materials for agriculture, livestock such as poultry, aquaculture and others. It can be cheaper. It will be environmentally more sustainable,” he added.
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