NSPRI Director, Agric Minister flags off distribution of improved storage facilities for women, youths

The Executive Director, Nigerian Stored Products Research Institute, NSPRI, Dr. Patricia Pessu under the support of President Muhammadu Buhari administration through the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, on Tuesday in Ilorin, flagged off the distribution of Agricultural storage facilities to vulnerable women and youth in some selected states across the country.

According to her, NSPRI is the research institute with the sole mandate to mitigate post-harvest losses in Nigeria and it is a mandate that has a direct bearing on Nigeria’s food security.

The Executive Director, Dr. Patricia, also said the Institute has been resoluted in its quest to avail the country of sustainable solutions to the problem of agricultural post-harvest losses.

She added that through the efforts of NSPRI management, scientists in the institute come up with several innovations to support post-harvest management of agricultural commodities.

“In the area of fisheries and livestock, for instance, NSPRI Iced-Fish Box with which fish farmers and entrepreneurs can preserve freshly harvested fish for up to 48 hours”

“NSPRI fish smoking kilns with which can be smoked conveniently and healthily”

“For grains and legumes, we have the NSPRI Hermarmtic Steel Drums as well as the NSPRI Inert Atmosphere Silos for storage.”

“For fruits and vegetables, we have the stackable fruit and vegetable baskets whose design is such that fruits and vegetables can be transferred from the market with minimal or no damage to the contents, as opposed to the traditional baskets of old”

“Another of our innovations is the parabolic-shaped solar dryer. This dryer utilizes the abundant sunshine across our country to speedily and hygienically dry different products including vegetables, grains, yam, and cassava chips”, she added.

1000 Iced-Fish Boxes, 600 NSPRI Hermetic Steel Drums, 120 NSPRI Smoking Kilns, and 18 Parabolic Solar Dryers are to be distributed to rural women as well as vulnerable women and youths spread across 19 states in the first phase.

Dr. Patricia further added the facilities will boost the productivity of hordes of women involved in agricultural activities in the rural areas.

The representative, permanent secretary, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Engr Frank in his goodwill message said the effort of NSPRI towards alleviating the pains and condition of vulnerable women and young people in the society is a testimony of NSPRI commitment to the pursuit of the President’s Agenda for economic diversification through the agricultural sector.

Adding that the distribution of the facilities to vulnerable women and youths is an incentive to improve productivity and livelihood.

Attendees of the program include former ED NIFFR, Guinea-Busua, Dr. Bankole, Technical Adviser to Kwara State Governor on Agriculture, Hon AbdulQowiyu Olododo, Kwara State Commissioner for Agriculture, Hon Saba Yisa Gideon, Journalists, and other relevant agencies/personalities.

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