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Food security: Expert calls for investment in agric research

Honeywell fetes children A S pan ·Jf i 5 Corporate .l"1...social RI SI)(Jruibility intuam'eS, IloueywdJ SuperfirM' Foo: d~ Limited has donaLoc:I food items

to pupils of ~ oJupe Cole Memorial dUJd Care & Treatment III me School, Akoka, Lagos :;tate. A statl!lIIt lli by the compnny 011 Thursday cited the hrrr 8.5 making the donal iOIl during a Children's Day party on Tuesday in LaJ~".

According to the statement, prj oducts gi..~n OUi to th(> physically challenged children included Honeywell Noodles, I loneyweU Noodles sn:lck" lloneyv.-ell Spaghetti am' Iioneywell Macaroni. The l'Ompany's Commercia) Di~or. Mr. Lame J! i)eola, was quotet.l to hs' 'e sa.id that the ronlpa lY would cooLinue t I impact positively in die li~ of Nigerians. e!' pt·ci.ally on the less privileged in the society. Besides, he said it ""-auld also 101 relenl in seizing any opportunity 10 interf,lce with ils consumeI'! an,lthegeneral public. Onthechoi .:eofModupe Cole Schorol, Ite saId, -We are here to sb )W love with them by pres !llting some of OW' proou< t! to them. GenHally, ,," art' here 10 mingle with them and have fun ",Ih them 50 thai they eRn ha'le sense of belonging. -n,ese L '1e children with one form 01 defonnity or the other To us, we believe that they are part of us. J .s a mark of I~ nnd usociatioll and identifilalion with our constlml no because they also C(n~,ume our

While appreciating the gesture of Honeywell, a lrtudenl of Modupe Cole School. Miss $.1rah AfoJahi, urged olher corporate bodies and individuals to come 10 the aid of the school by supporting tbe management with both cash and kind.

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lie said, ·Oo,'ernlnent to m\lest in needs agricultural research and development and also lrain and re--lrain agric facilitators to achi~ the policy of agricultural transfonnation.Agriculture is life and the engine room of national development; ItO nation can dev1:lop wit.hOllt 11,-

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increase the skills or the Ministry of Agriculture'S employees. who are the opt":rntors of government policies on agricultural tnnsrormlltion. Obaloyinbo said traming and re--training o( agriculture racilitators become essential had if gO\'emment policie!l wcre to ~ realised. He said Nigeria's vision o( becoming one of the top 20 economies in the world by 2020 could only be realised through concened efforts to achieve a change. The exper1 stated Ulat

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THE PUNCH, 01 JUNE, 2012