The FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike, has called for youth participation in agriculture to address food insecurity in the country.
The minister made this known on Tuesday in Abuja at the 2023 edition of the Italian Cuisine in the World, which was themed ‘At the Table with Italian Cuisine well-being with taste- The relationship between sports and food’.
Wike, who was represented by the Minister of State of FCT, Hajiya Mariya Mahmud said agricultural development would birth more collaborations and partnerships between Nigeria and other countries.
In his words: “First on the list of the eight-renewed hope agenda of President Bola Tinubu is the issue of food insecurity. When you talk about food security, one is talking about agriculture.
He further stated that FCT is blessed with vast lands with 800,000 hectares of land, of which 274,000 is for agricultural development.
“The largest population of Nigeria is the youths, which makes Nigeria a productive country. By engaging these youths in agricultural development, a lot of collaborations and partnerships can emerge. Youths are also trained in fish farming among others”, he added
The special guest at the event, Allensandra Capellotto, a retired Champion cyclist from Italy, disclosed that high performance in sports is as a result of a good diet.