Foodie Update, Healthy Eating

MEAT SELLERS AND FORMALIN

I do not know how many of you received this message from a purportedly good Samaritan that meat sellers now use formalin to repel flies from meat. The message advised consumers to patronise butchers with flies around their meat as that is a clear sign of formalin-free meat.

According to the message on the social media, “People are using formalin, the chemical used to preserve dead bodies in preserving meat as it keeps flies away. When I asked a pharmacist, Capt. Kenneth, remember of UPDF, he said it is possible.”

Continuing, “This is a national public health issue. After my friend’s wife lost a baby through miscarriage and investigations showed the presence of formalin in her blood. When consumed, formalin goes to the liver and destroys it.”

Appealing to consumers, the author in the message stated, “Please, people of God, this is serious. When you go to buy meat, go to a butcher that has flies around. Use this as the only way to confirm that there is no formalin present. If the meat is without flies, what is keeping them away is formalin. Be informed. Share this information please and save life.”

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FOODIE NAIJA UPDATE (FG, UNIDO move to tackle foodborne illnesses in Nigeria)

The Federal Ministry of Health in collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) under the European Union (EU) sponsored Nigeria Quality Infrastructure Project (NQIP) on Wednesday commenced a two-day capacity building workshop on food safety practices for food and non-food handlers across Kogi State.

Daily Trust reports that participants at the workshop include farmers, food handlers, non-food handlers, consumer associations and other stakeholders in agribusiness, amongst others.

Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, at the commencement of the training in Lokoja, said the initiative was designed to impart knowledge on food safety practices with a view to addressing the burden foodborne diseases emanating from consumption of unsafe food had had on the country in recent times.

The minister who was represented on the occasion by Anthonia Okpara, a director of food, water and chemical division in the ministry, noted that similar training would be held subsequently in other states of the federation in order to entrench the culture of food safety from the point of production, processing and packaging down to consumption.

He said the country had in recent years been plagued with preventable foodborne disease outbreaks such as cholera, typhoid fever, Lassa fever and methanol poisoning as well as presence of aflatoxin in nuts and series consumed by unsuspecting members of the public, hence the need to sensitise food handlers on the need to imbibe food safety culture and hygiene practices.

“Over the past 20 years, food safety has become one major topic globally in the health sector considering the impact of unsafe food on the population especially on children below the age of five years, immunocompromised as well as the elderly.

He said the training was imperative as it forms part of the strategies for the implementation of the National Policy of Food Safety which amongst others aims at promoting safe food practices at the grassroots, improve the safety and quality of farm produce; reduce the foodborne disease burden of the country and also reduce the rate of rejection of food produced in the country at the international trade.

UNIDO’s National Expert on Food Safety, Tehinse John, said the training would go a long way in enhancing the acceptability of Nigeria’s agricultural products in the international market.

“This project is to build the capacity of Nigerians to be able to supply good and safe food products to the international market. We realise that of late that majority of our products, particularly Agric products are not allowed in the international market due to safety concerns.

“This project is aimed at correcting all the anomalies by building the capacities of stakeholders to produce goods that meet international requirements. Kogi State has been identified as one of the states that have potential to lead in Agric business. We feel that if the state is able to get it right in terms of improving food safety culture, then we will be able to improve agribusiness in the state,” he said.

On his part, Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello said the need for education on food safety could not be over emphasised, saying that the quality of people’s depend largely on the quality of food they eat.

The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Elder Simon Achuba urged the participants to take the training seriously and ensure they imbibe food safety culture at the end of the day.

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FOODIE UPDATE (What to know about food allergies in children)

Food allergy occurs, when the body immune system sees certain foods as harmful, thereby causing an unpleasant reaction. Food allergies can cause serious and deadly reactions in kids, if not properly handled. Dr. Oluwafunmilayo Funke Adeniyi, a paediatrician in the Department of Paediatrics, Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) discussed food allergies in children, what triggers it and how to reduce the risk of kids developing it. GERALDINE AKUTU reports.

What is food allergy?
Food allergy is a clinical condition, where the body makes antibodies (Immunoglobulin E (IgE)) to a specific food. The job of the body’s immune system is to identify and destroy germs, such as bacteria or viruses that make you sick. A food allergy results, when the immune system mistakenly targets a harmless food protein – an allergen – as a threat and attacks it. Initial exposure to the food may not produce severe reaction, but the child may become sensitised and when the food is next eaten (or sometimes just comes in contact with the skin), it triggers an immune system response, which results in the release of histamine and other substances in the body. These cause various symptoms, depending on where in the body they are released.

Signs and Food allergy
The following are the signs and symptoms of food allergy regardless of the allergen:
Skin system: swelling, itching, warmth, redness and rashes, 
Respiratory system (breathing): coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, chest pain/tightness, throat tightness, hoarse voice, nasal congestion or hay fever-like symptoms (runny itchy nose, watery eyes and sneezing), difficulty in swallowing.

Gastrointestinal system (stomach): nausea, pain/cramps, vomiting, diarrhoea and some children may actually pass blood in the stools.

Cardiovascular system (heart): pale/blue colour, weak pulse, passing out, dizzy/lightheaded, and shock. Others: older children may describe anxiety, feeling of “impending doom”, headache, and metallic taste. The most dangerous symptoms of an allergic reaction, which is usually referred to as anaphylaxis are:

• Difficulty with breathing caused by swelling of the airways, including a severe asthma attack for people, who have asthma.
• Drop in blood pressure, causing dizziness, light-headedness, feeling faint or weak, or passing out. Both can lead to death, if untreated.

Having said this, it is important to note the symptoms of ‘classic’ allergy, which are rashes, wheezing, itching, severe gut symptoms and very rarely, sudden collapse i.e. anaphylaxis.

How long does it take to have allergy in children?
An allergic reaction usually happens within minutes after exposure to an allergen, but sometimes it can take place several hours after exposure to the allergen. In children with the immune mediated or IgE mediated food, allergy symptoms occur within minutes up to two hours after ingestion of the food. These symptoms usually recur on exposure to the food on every occasion and may be mild or severe, associated with anaphylaxis. The symptoms of ‘classic’ allergy, as such, are rashes, wheezing, itching, severe gut symptoms or (very rarely) sudden collapse.

What are the most common food allergies in children?
Allergy can occur to a single food or to many foods. Allergy to many foods is a more severe form of allergy, and is referred to as multiple food allergies.
The common allergenic foods i.e. food that induce allergies, include cow’s milk, dairy products, egg, seafood (fish and shrimps), wheat, soy and peanuts. The commonest food allergy in children is cow’s milk.

Is there a cure for food allergy?
There is no direct cure for food allergy. The condition is best managed with elimination diet i.e. avoidance or exclusion of the offending food from the diet and subsequent substitution. For example, in a child with cow’s milk protein allergy, the milk should be removed from the child’s diet and a substitute in the form of soya milk, or hydrolysed formula (i.e. milk that the protein has been broken down to peptides) or amino acid formula, which can readily be digested and does not cause reactions in the child.

When the child is up to six months and weaning is commenced, solids should be introduced gradually and one food at a time. This should be from the least allergenic foods, i.e. cereals, then vegetables and fruits, then chicken, eggs, fish and lastly nuts.

How can parents handle their children’s food allergies?
If a severe allergy has been identified in a child, it is important the parents ensure that the child avoid even the tiniest amounts of the trigger food. Very occasionally, reactions can occur, even when the child has had skin contact with the offending food. A fish-allergic person may react by being in a kitchen, where fish is being cooked. The parents should do gradual introduction of the allergenic foods in infancy, as described earlier.

Children, parents and caregivers should be educated on common ingredients, reading food labels and how to safely avoid allergens. Children and parents should also be aware of appropriate, safe, cost-effective, freely available and nutritionally adequate substitutes for the avoided foods.

As well as avoiding the offending food, the allergic child should be provided with appropriate emergency treatment, should accidental exposure occur. Depending on the severity of the reaction, this may be adrenaline to be given by injection, antihistamines, steroids, or all of these. The exact details of such treatment will need to be decided by the doctor in charge of the child. The parents should ensure that an allergy specialist or dietician, who is experienced in food allergies and paediatric gastroenterologist, sees the child regularly.

Children affected by severe food allergy can still participate in all normal activities, school, work or leisure, but the parents should give appropriate support and understanding.

Can a child outgrow food allergies?
Usually, children who have cow’s milk allergy become tolerant of cow’s milk, as they grow older and outgrow their allergy by the age of two to three years. Children are usually re-evaluated at regular intervals to see if they have developed tolerance. Generally, younger children with milk, soya and egg allergy are reviewed every six to 12 months and older children every one to two years. Tree nut, fish and shellfish allergy may be life long, but re-evaluation should be performed every two to four years to determine whether re-challenges are appropriate or exclusion needs to be continued.

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FOODIE UPDATE (What Is The Best Food And Drink To Help Students Focus?).

I t’s heads-down revision time for exams and dissertations. The pressure’s on, so you’ll want all the help you can get to aid your memory and raise your grades (without smart drugs or cheating). Nutrition experts say that eating well can make a real difference to your revision regime – so what brain-boosting food and drink do they recommend?How much caffeine is too much?

Coffee, green tea and energy drinks are staples of the all-night library stint. But how much caffeine is too much?

“Caffeine – particularly coffee – can have numerous benefits extending to cardiovascular health, insulin sensitivity,

prevention of type 2 diabetes and acting as a potent antioxidant,” says nutritional therapist Daniel O’Shaughnessy. “However, while caffeine may make you more alert, individuals can build up a tolerance meaning this is short-lived. Caffeine can also increase blood sugar and eventually lead to dips causing lack of focus and energy.”

“It’s also worth bearing in mind that people react differently to caffeine,” says nutritional therapist Joanne Crovini. It has the potential to increase levels of the stress hormone cortisol. “Some people can drink it at midnight and go straight to sleep, whereas other people get teeth clenching and feelings of anxiety after a small amount.”

Most adults can tolerate single doses of caffeine up to 200mg and a daily intake of up to 400mg without any concerns, nutrition scientist Sarah Coe says; a mug of instant coffee is around 100mg and a cup of tea is 75mg of caffeine. “Remember that energy drinks and some soft drinks contain caffeine too, and coffee from a coffee shop may be stronger than coffee made at home. As broad advice I’d say stop drinking caffeine by 2pm and have a maximum of two cups of coffee or equivalent a day, but be aware of your own reaction to it.”

Wholegrains

Wholegrain foods will stave off hunger (advice on cooking some of them can be found here). Examples include porridge and wholemeal bread. Crovini explains that combining wholegrain with protein will help keep blood sugar levels balanced, which is essential for mood and concentration.

O’Shaughnessy agrees. Buying grains in bulk with your housemates is a great way to save money, as is avoiding the more overpriced “fad” grains, he says. “Brown rice, oats and buckwheat are good, cheap alternatives,” he says, adding that the high levels of magnesium in buckwheat also helps to calm nerves.

Nuts and berries

Berries and nuts are a convenient snack that pack a nutritional punch. “Blueberries, like many dark coloured fruits and vegetables, have a high antioxidant content, which is thought to protect the brain from oxidative damage and slow age-related decline,” explains Crovini. Frozen berries are usually cheap, last longer and don’t lose their nutrients when frozen. Less healthy are flavoured and coated nuts, which contain added oil, salt and sugars.

Ditch the supplements

Doctors often recommend taking vitamin supplements to top up on the nutrients you need – but these can be expensive. Fortunately, they’re not the only option. “Food should always come before supplements and the key to getting as many nutrients as possible is to eat as varied a diet as possible, with lots of different colours,” says Crovini. “Use frozen berries and dark green vegetables like savoy cabbage, which are reasonably priced.”

Coe agrees: it’s better to get everything you need from food and drink: “For example, oranges not only contain vitamin C [which boosts the immune system] but also fibre and other components that you can’t get packaged together in a tablet.”

Dark chocolate

Dark chocolate has a mild effect on

increasing blood flow and reducing blood pressure, due to the polyphenol content, says Crovini. “It’s also a good source of magnesium, which is an essential mineral for relaxation.”

O’Shaughnessy recommends choosing chocolate that’s 80% or more in cacao to avoid any negative effects to teeth, skin and weight. The darker the chocolate, the less sugar in it.

Water

A recent study by the University of East London and University of Westminster found that keeping hydrated can boost attention by almost 25%. “We found that drinking even a really small amount of water (25 ml) resulted in improved performance on a test of attention,” says Dr Caroline Edmonds, who co-authored the research. Drinking 300 ml improves memory performance and can improve your mood as well.

The experts’ recommended library lunch.

Base your lunch on starchy foods, particularly wholegrain varieties, Coe says. Sandwiches, wraps and bagels are quick and easy to prepare, or you could use leftovers from the night before to make a pasta, rice or couscous salad.

Grainy salads with canned fish and vegetables are good if you don’t fancy bread. Tinned mackerel with beetroot, roasted sweet potato cubes, lots of green leaves like rocket or watercress and some pumpkin seeds, are ideal, Crovini says. Or try canned salmon with brown rice, canned chickpeas, chopped cucumber and tomato.

For sweetness, you’ll want the usual healthy stuff: a small pot of natural yogurt with either an apple, some berries or a chunk of dark chocolate.

Don’t skip meals, Crovini adds. Eating regularly will help keep blood sugar balanced and feed the brain with the fuel it needs.

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FOODIE NAIJA UPDATE (Try good nutrition to enhance your life)

It is the considered opinion that people must re-evaluate and strive to improve their knowledge nutrition with a view to ultimately improving their health and attaining the goal of a long and healthy life.

If you value life, longevity and cherish living a productive adult life it is incumbent upon you to learn the basic nutritional tips with a view to enhancing your lifestyle. The reason for this is not far -fetched because experts in nutrition, dietetics and food safety are unanimous on the functionality of food which we savour and enjoy without qualms. The experts advise that your dietary choices must be designed to nourish and sustain your body if you must avert illness.

According to the Head of Nutrition and Dietetics, National Hospital Abuja, Mrs Sarah Abagai, people engaging in unwholesome dietary practices are simply waging war against their own health, and poor dietary habits of many people have resulted in disease conditions they are not even aware of. She went further to say that a lot of people hardly realize the harm they are doing to themselves for failing to get useful and practical information on concise and culturally relevant nutritional information.

She added that food is the source of all that sustains or shortens life, depending on its contents and that it takes awareness for people in both urban and rural areas to develop and practice healthy eating habits.

Bothered about the wide gap that exists in the flow of nutritional information that Nigerians can relate to, for its accessibility and affordability she has picked up the gauntlet to champion the spread of necessary and relevant nutritional information in the light of her interactions with the public. This, she has done admirably by writing a 226-page book on the basic concepts of healthy nutrition so as to reveal the secrets of eating to live in an ever dynamic society such as Nigeria. Nigerians have the opportunity to read through a relevant literature on nutrition and dietetics so as to be able to live “physically vigorous, mentally and emotionally healthy long lives. The timeliness of such a literature on nutrition and dietetics cannot be over emphasized  in view the current challenges  of living that raise the  surge in the quest for practical and useful information on nutrition  considering the fact that  Nigeria has more than a fair share of  epidemic of lifestyle diseases the world over.

Experts say that the physical activities people tend to avoid nowadays   are essential to the overall healthy living apart from the lifestyle enhancing foods that abound locally. A specialist in diabetes and the Medical Director of Wuse General Hospital, Dr Bashir Mijinyawa pointed out that the right eating habits are far much better than going to gym and fitness centers in the management and control of diabetes. In other words, what people eat must be life-enhancing  even if they are interested in taking their physical exercises.

 

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FOODIE UPDATE (FOOD SAFETY AND REGULATORY AUTHORITY IS A MUST IN AFRICA)

Some three years back there was a debate around the use of brine solution on chicken that is sold in fast food retail stores across the country. At the time we requested the Ministry of Health, which is the only regulatory authority, to provide us with specifications on the amount of brine that can be applied on chicken and other food
items such as beef.

There were no answers forthcoming from the ministry, except a brief statement that the companies using brine solution should do it with care.
This week, the Minister of Health, Dorcas Makgato stated that the some imported foods are responsible for the spread of non-
communicable diseases. Our country imports more than 50% of food items from neighbouring countries, especially South Africa.

Such imports include chicken, pork
and vegetables among others, which are not subjected to intense scrutiny when they are crossed into the country and ultimately into our plates.
Many, if not all fast food retail stores originate from South Africa, their preferred destination for importing food items including chicken, and pork and even beef,
which is in abundance in Botswana.

It is against this backdrop that we call for strengthening of laws and establishment of Food Regulatory Authority or Commission that will be mandated with ensuring that all the food that is in circulation in Botswana is safe for consumption. The body can go for benchmarking exercises in developed countries such as in the European Union where public safety is given priority than
anything else.

The body should set safe limits of
ingredients in food items and drink beverages, and any chemical or colourant found in food items. We should always remember the China infant milk scandal of 2008; the UK sausage scandal of
2012 and Robertsons spice
scandal of 2005 as events that
demonstrate the need for
comprehensive food safety laws.

The minister acknowledged
that we have good policies but many of them need to be strengthened and harmonised and responsive to current and emerging issues. As matter of fact, the minister was too embarrassed to state that several agencies scattered across ministries
mandated to protect the consumer are not effective.
These policies can only be enforced by an Authority that dedicates all its time to ensuring that the public is protected from
unscrupulous traders and individuals who are bent on making quick cash at the expense of unsuspecting members of the
public.

The Authority will also ensure that traders who erase expiry dates of canned foods are severely dealt with. We have long neglected
public safety and the time to act is nay or else we will wake up when it is too late to reverse the damage.

The minister should take leadership in ensuring that this Authority is established before the end of the eleventh Parliament
and that will be her legacy.

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FOODIE NAIJA UPDATE (UN TO CUT FOOD AID FOR NIGERIA CRISIS OVER LACK OF FUND)

The UN said four countries including Nigeria are facing a humanitarian crisis

Food aid will be cut for more than a million Nigerians affected by Boko Haram’s insurgency if promised funding from the international community does not arrive, according to a United Nations official. Peter Lundberg, the deputy UN humanitarian coordinator in Nigeria, wrote in the French newspaper Le Monde that just 15% of the UN aid appeal for one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises has been received.

Over the next six months, 242 million dollars (£193 million) is needed to help 1.8 million people, he said. “Without sufficient financing, the World Food Program (WFP) will have to reduce its vital support,” he wrote.

Half a million children in north-east Nigeria are suffering from severe malnutrition, Mr Lundberg warned. “Without treatment, one in five will die.” WFP’s Nigeria office did not respond to a request for more details on what aid would be cut and when.

Nigeria is part of what the UN has called the largest humanitarian crisis since the world body was founded in 1945, with more than 20 million people in four countries facing possible famine. The other nations are South Sudan, Somalia and Yemen. Mr Lundberg said the UN has appealed for one billion dollars (£780 million) in aid this year for Nigeria, where an estimated 4.7 million people in the north-east are in urgent need of food aid.

Nigeria’s military has been fighting to win back areas that have been under the control of the Boko Haram extremist group. The Islamic insurgency in the vast north- east has disrupted both markets and farming, creating the hunger crisis.

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FOODIE UPDATE (NORWAY INTENDS TO EXPAND SEA FOOD INDUSTRY IN NIGERIA)

One cannot talk of sea food, particularly stockfish without mentioning Norway. That is why people from various works of
life, including international traders, Norwegian and Nigerian government officials, and other stake holders in the Nigerian fishery industry converged at
Eko Hotels, Lagos for the Norwegian seafood seminar on networking relations for Norwegian stockfish, pelagic and
salmon in the Nigerian market.

Speaking at the event which was held recently, the Executive Director, Nigerian Institute of Marine Research and Oceanography, Dr. Gbolagade Akande, noted that Nigeria has been importing stockfish from Norway since the 1890s. A situation he described as a good
business relation between the two countries.

However, Dr. Gbolagade Akande, who represented the Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbe, regretted that there was imbalance in the bilateral relationship between Norway and Nigeria, noting that
the development is to the disadvantage of the country.
Elucidating, he said, “There is trade imbalance in the bilateral relationship because Nigerian imports hugely from Norway but Norway cannot be said to be
taking anything from Nigeria. This is not good for our economy. That is why we are advocating for the need to invest and encourage research into the area of aquaculture and fishmeal production.

There is a lot of fish in our water that can support fishmeal production, but sadly Nigeria depends largely on importation of
fishmeal into the country. We want Norway to come and invest in fishmeal industry in Nigeria to close the gap in this trade imbalance.”

The minister said this is important
because Norway is not importing oil from Nigeria because Norway too has oil. He called on Norwegian government to look
at the seafood sector of agriculture where the two countries have many things in common and invest in it. He
described the seminar as another
opportunity for Nigeria and Norway to move forward in their business relations.

“Now we are talking of how to move forward and the way to go about that is to work on how we can bridge the disparity between demand and supply. To achieve this, the two countries will collaborate to inject money into research while Norway is particularly needed to set up fishmeal companies in Nigeria,” said Ogbe While pointing out that there is still a huge potential in the market, Ogbe put the demand of 180 million people population in Nigeria at 2.7million metric
tons, out of which he said Nigeria is only producing 1.7 metric tons.
The Norwegian Deputy Minister of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, Mr. Ronny Berg, expressed the wishes of the Norwegian government and exporters to assist the Nigerian fish importers trading with them in any legitimate way they can as well as in other fisheries sector like aquaculture in this period of Nigeria’s scarce foreign exchange and slow trade
in the non-oil sector.

Mr. Ronny Berg, who was represented by the Ambassador of Norway to Nigeria, Jens-Peter Kjemprud, also admitted that
there is a lot of opportunities in the seafood sector and promised that Norway is determined to collaborate with Nigeria to explore the sector. He, however, stated that the recent economic situation in the world has affected the sector like other areas of the
global economy but added that a lot is being done to boost production and create jobs, where necessary.

The ambassador also agreed with the Nigerian minister that Norway has been exporting stock fish to Nigeria since 1890s and that Norwegian seafood represents an important source of protein to many Nigerians. The ambassador, who pointed out that Nigeria is Norway’s biggest trading partner on the African continent, said:
“Nigeria and Norway have bilateral trade relations and we have been working closely together for more than 100 years.
We are investing in fish, especially stock fish, sardines, and mackerel, as well as oil.

Nigeria is a fertile land and that is why we will do more in our investment here.” He, however, called on the federal government to boost its provision of infrastructure such as power and tighter security for their investment to bloom in order to command more investment into
the country. He did acknowledge the fact that Nigerians are friendly people that do not discriminate against foreigners.

During the various presentations, it was gathered that Nigeria and Norway have long-standing traditions for seafood trade that is over a hundred years old.

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FOODIE NAIJA UPDATE (BENEFITS OF NIGERIA POULTRY, LIVESTOCK EXPO)

CAN WE KNOW YOU SIR?
My name is Yakim Kasim, I am the operation manager CEMS Nigeria. Concerning the upcoming Nigerian poultry and livestock expo, can you please tell me, what the
programme is all about.

Okay, the Nigerian poultry and livestock expo is an event, an exhibition or let me call it be to be meeting between the Nigeria
livestock and poultry industry and foreign poultry and livestock companies from about six or seven countries. So during the event they will meet to discuss the future opportunity on us to make this industry productive and progressive and also to address some issues that is affecting
Nigeria poultry and livestock industry.

Also there is going to be lots of Nigerian companies that is going to participate, those that have a new product they are going to how case to the world. Generally
the purpose of putting this package together is to promote Nigerian poultry and livestock industry to the world, that We are
also producers; we produce poultry and livestock feed, equipments, chemicals at our
own level here in Nigeria.

We also want to use this opportunity to tell the whole world that in the whole of West Africa that Nigeria is the largest marketers for poultry and
livestock products and services.

WHILE I WAS GOING THROUGH YOUR SITE I FOUND OUT THAT 25% OF AGRICULTURAL GDP IS THE LIVESTOCK AND 80 BILLION NAIRA IS THE ESTIMATED COMMERCIAL VALUE OF LIVESTOCK INDUSTRY, SO WITH THIS HOW DO YOU INTEND TO BOOST AND INCREASE THE AGRICULTURAL REVENUE IN THE COUNTRY CONSIDERING THE COUNTRY’S ECONOMY AT THE MOMENT, MAYBE FROM 80 BILLION TO SOMETHING BETTER?
Before I answer that question, apart from what we are doing to promote this sector in Agriculture, since Poultry and Livestock
is a sector in agriculture. Aside from what we are also doing in our company to help this industry, the federal government has to take reasonable step to promote this sector too. I think recently the vice president Yemi Osibanjo mention a certain plan, a project
that they want to Input in this industry to make it boom. Because there is a lot of prospect, a lot of future benefits in this towards economic development.

So back to our question, during this event we have companies from advanced countries, when
I talk about advanced countries It means countries that have practicalized systems that have innovations that have caused
great economic boom in this poultry and livestock sector in China, India and Jordan, so these countries are going to come for this event to introduce to us what they have, we have companies that are into veterinary, equipment, even in reproduction in the poultry and livestock.

So these countries are going to gather here that day to exchange knowledge with their Nigerian counterpart, to exchange ideas on
how we can improve this industry by applying those method they have been using and we believe that if this meeting can be properly explored there will be a huge turn around in the Nigeria poultry and livestock sector, because in the history of Nigeria poultry and livestock there has
being no event so big, and so wide that will cover both livestock and poultry at a time.

This is the first time in the whole West Africa that an event like this will take place. We have had other events on poultry alone but this is the first time that we are bringing in two subsections in agriculture
together, so with those companies that the foreign delegates are coming, we hope they will contribute positively to this
sector and at the end of the event Nigeria would have learnt a lot from this other countries on how to improve this sector.

I DISCOVERED THAT NIGERIA SPENT AN ESTIMATED AMOUNT OF 1.3 BILLION DOLLARS ON PRODUCTS IMPORTATION OF DAIRY AND NOW THE GOVERNMENT TARGET TO DOUBLE THEIR MILK PRODUCTION OVER 3-4 YEARS BOTH FOR DOMESTIC USE AND EXPORT PURPOSE ALSO. SO HOW DO YOU THINK THEY CAN BE ABLE TO DO THAT?
Thank you, it’s possible and its going to be a productive avenue for the economic growth of Nigeria. There are some countries in the world that do not have what Nigeria has, like crude oil, cocoa in terms of these natural resources, that the foreign exchange is based on these animals, I mean livestock, cattle rearing. When we come to diary the milk production just one of them we have hide and skin, bone, meat, we have fat, all these can be acquired or produced
from a cow, about the meat production is easy.

Look at how Nigerians involve in cattle or dairy farming, go to north you will see that.
In the whole West Africa Nigeria
produce enough metric ton to satisfy our milk need in Nigeria and also for the export.

For the complete article kindly visit this source.
m.guardian.ng/business-services/benefits-of-nigerian-poultry-livestock-expo/

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FOODIE UPDATE (WOULD YOU EAT A LAB GROWN CHICKEN?

Would you eat meat that’s not really meat?

One San Francisco-based food
startup is hoping that you’ll say yes and revolutionize the $200 billion U.S. meat industry in the process.

Memphis Meats claims that it’s
produced the first chicken grown
entirely from self-reproducing cells in a lab. Earlier this week, the company invited a few taste-testers to officially taste their lab-grown chicken and duck, and the Wall Street Journal reports it was a complete success.

Most who tasted the “clean meat” said that it was nearly identical to real chicken and duck and that they’d eat it again.
Memphis Meats isn’t the only food related upstart trying to disrupt the industry.

Others, such as Netherlands-
based Mosa Meat, have used muscle cells from cows to create the world’s first “clean” burger and meatballs.
However, Memphis Meats is focused on chicken and duck right now because they’re two of the most widely consumed proteins in the world.

Animal advocates and scientists say this could have huge ethical and environmental implications. Research suggests that growing food for the world’s increasing population is likely to send greenhouse gas emissions over
the safety threshold in the next three decades unless there’s a worldwide push to eat less meat.

Then there’s the possibility that the widespread use of antibiotics in meat is contributing to the rise of antibiotic-resistant superbugs. This is also to say nothing of the fact that most of the animals riased in factory farms are treated,
frankly, like shit.

Those in the meat processing industry have also taken note. WSJ reports that last fall, Tyson Foods Inc. launched a venture capital fund to invest in cell cultured meat growth, and Kevin Myers,
the head of product development for Hormel Food Corp. told the WSJ that he thought cultured-meat tech is a “good long-term proposition.”

According to the USDA, U.S. consumers ate an average of 90.9 pounds of chicken apiece last year. While Memphis meats can’t yet produce clean chicken in such large quantities, the company is
hoping to begin selling its meat
commercially by 2021, so you may see it on your grocery store shelves soon enough.