he Nigerian Stored Products Research Institute (NSPRI), Ilorin has distributed storage facilities to 17 cooperative and farmers’ groups in Borno.
Speaking at the ceremony in Maiduguri on Thursday, Executive Director of the institute, Dr. Patricia Pessu said the development would boost agriculture and add value to the beneficiaries’ products.
Pessu was represented by a Research Officer, Mr. Nababa Alkali,
He said the facilities which included smoking kiln, ice fish box, parabolic solar dryer, and hermetic steel drums would address post-harvest losses affecting farmers.
According to Pessu, the NSPRI smoking kiln ensures high quality products with permissible poly-aromatic hydrocarbons.
He says the ice fish box is cold chain technology developed for the extension of the shelf-life of fresh fish.
Pessu added the box and also served as an effective means of handling fish for transportation, distribution, and marketing.
“The NSPRI hermetic steel drum is an airtight technology developed by NSPRI for non-chemical preservation of dried crops products.
“These include grains, pulses, roots, tubers, fruits, vegetables, fisheries, and livestock,” he said.
In his remarks, the representative of Borno Government who is also the Adviser to the Governor on Agriculture, Alhaji Audu Damasak, lauded the development.
Damasak urged beneficiaries to make judicious use of the facilities.
He assured the institute of government’s willingness to partner with it in boosting agriculture in the state.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Mallam Kaka Modu of Mandari Fish Farms expressed gratitude for the gesture which he said would go a long way in boosting their businesses.
Modu assured that they would put to maximum use the facilities provided them to improve their livelihoods. (NAN)