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Farmers urged to embrace improved post-harvest storage technologies

The Nigerian Storage Products Research Institute, NSPRI, has urged farmers to adopt the new and improved postharvest storage facilities to reduce loss and waste of agricultural products.

Facilities include a smokehouse, ice fish pan and airtight steel drum.

NSPIRI Executive Director Dr Patricia Pessu issued the appeal on Friday during the distribution of postharvest storage facilities to farmer groups in Ibusa, in the Oshimili North Delta local government area. .

Ms Pessu, represented by Dr Samuel Agoda, an agricultural extension officer in charge of the program in the state, said the distribution was part of the federal government’s efforts to reduce loss and waste of agricultural products in the country.

She also said that the introduction of post-harvest storage facilities was aimed at ensuring food security as well as boosting agriculture.

The Executive Director explained that the Smoking Kiln was an efficient technology for drying fish and meat.

“The use of the NSPRI smoking oven guarantees high quality products with authorized polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.

“The frozen fish box is a cold chain technology developed to extend the shelf life of fresh fish. It is an efficient way to handle fish for transportation, distribution and marketing.

“The Sealed Steel Drum is a sealed technology developed by NSPRI for the non-chemical preservation of dried crops / products such as grains, legumes, roots, tubers, fruits, vegetables, peaches and livestock.

“The NSPRI steel drum can be used in home / household and small-scale storage tiers,” she said.

Ms Pessu further explained that the essence of the new technology is to reduce waste and loss of agricultural products, minimize food loss and post-harvest losses as well as discourage the use of chemicals to store food. agricultural products.

Previously, Ben Agama, the permanent secretary of the Delta’s Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, advised farmers to properly use the facilities to boost their businesses.

Agama praised the federal government and NSPIRI for their impact on the lives of farmers in the state.

Likewise, Peter Odiete, Program Manager, Delta Agricultural and Rural Development Authority, noted that post-harvest loss and waste has been a major problem in the agricultural sector.

Mr. Odiete also noted that improving post-harvest storage facilities would go a long way in reducing the challenge.

Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, Ann Osifo, a fish farmer, commended the federal and state governments for the gesture and assured them the facilities would be used to boost their businesses.

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