Agency says 1.3bn tonnes of food wasted annually

NESREA said the wasted food can feed the whole of Africa.

The National Environmental Standards and Regulatory Agency, NESREA, said on Wednesday that 1.3 billion tonnes of food was being wasted annually across the world due to environmental problems.

The Katsina State Coordinator of the agency, Ahmad Kasim, disclosed this in Katsina at the commemoration of this year’s World Environment Day with the theme “Think, Eat and Save”.

Mr. Kasim said that the food wasted was enough to feed the entire African continent and solve its food security challenges. He identified climate change and flooding as the major contributors to food shortage, saying that it required collective efforts to tackle.

The coordinator urged Nigerians to adopt the culture of recycling waste products in order to keep the environment safe, clean and devoid of diseases.

In his remarks, the state Commissioner for Environment, Aminu Ibrahim, enjoined farmers to cultivate the quantity of food they can eat and preserve to avoid waste.

Mr. Ibrahim also called on the general public, particularly wealthy individuals, not to waste food and to always give out the excess they have to the needy.

He advised the people to take preventive measures against flooding by evacuating drains and water ways around them.

The commissioner restated the commitment of the state administration in providing relevant infrastructure that would protect the natural environment.

Also speaking, the Special Adviser to the governor on Forestry, Abdulwahab Sani-Store, urged the residents of the state to avoid illegal felling of trees to prevent deforestation, soil erosion and desert encroachment.

(NAN)

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