The Cross River State Government kicked-off the 2021 World Food Day celebration in the ancient city of Calabar with a symposium at the Calabar Municipal Council Hall.
Declaring the colorful occasion open, the state Commissioner for Agriculture Hon. Ntufam Okon Owuna said the theme of 2021 was. “Production, A better Nutrition, A better Environment, And A better Life”.
Paper presentations were delivered by Prof. A. A. Ayuk former Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, and Prof. Henrietta N. Enebong, Department of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, University of Calabar.
According to the Commissioner of Agriculture, the subject matter of Prof. A. A. Ayuk’s paper was “The Role of Stakeholders in Food Value Chains while that of Prof. Henrietta Eneobong dealt extensively with redesigning food systems for a healthy diet.
The Commissioner urged industrialists, investors, and stakeholders from agric sector to use the forum to generate ideas for the production of an affirmative calendar in the interest of all.
In her remark, the Commissioner of Commerce Barr. (Mrs.) Rosemary Archibong said that governor Ayade attached great importance to food, stressing that the essence was to ensure that food was made available in local communities and internationally.
She explained that the Ministry of Commerce places a high premium on the food value chain and urged stakeholders to key into the value chain and produce nutritious and healthy food.
The Director of Administration in the Ministry of Agriculture, Mr. Chris Achong said that showcasing of local agricultural produce and products will enhance the agricultural dexterity of people in the production line down the value chain.
Earlier, the Chairman Central Planning Committee of the event Chief Abam Nwogu had informed participants that the World Food was an annual event set aside on the 15th of October every year by the United Nations Organization (UNO) to commemorate the effect caused by the Second World War on food security.
Non-Governmental Organizations that participated in the event were: Nutrition society of Nigeria NSN CRS Chapter, Association for Reproductive and Family Health (ARFH), and Nutrition International (NI).