Institute Of Food Science Holds Conference Tuesday

The Nigeria Institute for Food Science and Technology will on Tuesday,
commence its 41st conference and annual general meeting in Abuja.

The 3-day conference, which will take place at the International
Conference Centre, Abuja, is tagged “Rejuvenating the Nigerian economy
through promotion of the food valvue chain.”

Speaking during a courtesy visit to the corporate headquarters of
LEADERSHIP Newspaper Group, the chairman, local organising committee of the
conference, Dr Toyin Adenifujah said the programme is aimed at
ensuring that government achieve its vision of food production rather
than
importation.

She said NIFST will address many food related issues, stating that : ”
We want to
take food as medicine rather than taking medicine.”
Mrs Toyin also said the conference, which partners different
professional bodies such as TECHNOSAT. , UNIDO and USID, will host
major stakeholders from industries, the government, private
institutions and in the diaspora, which includes Institute of Food
Science andTechnology, USA and Coca-Cola company from Canada, among
others.

The chairman of NIFST, Abuja chapter, Mr John Teyinshe said the
institute, which has been in existence since 1976, has been performing
its function of food regulatory in the country, acknowledging the
impact of the institute, he said the cassava bread is one of few works
of the institute ” Food production is beyond just production, there
should be preservation, processing, and hygiene. So, any food
regulatory body is being monitored by NIFST, including NAFDAC, SON,
among others.

Meanwhile, the managing director of LEADERSHIP Group, Obi Azuru, while
welcoming the committee , said Nigeria has gotten very serious with food

production, arguing that Nigeria is practicing agriculture not science
of agriculture.

Lamenting the shortage of food production in the country he said the
country is yet to achieve its goals of being independent in food
production. He said LEADERSHIP Newspaper will support their campaign
of food science by promoting their activities through news reportage.

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