Nigerian Stored Products Research Institute (NSPRI) has identified effectiveness, cost-efficiency and availability as the focusing factors for their innovations.
This, according to NSPRI, was targeted at ensuring that the innovations were fabricated inexpensively and replicated easily and conveniently across the country.
The Institute also disclosed plans to distribute equipment to prevent post-harvest losses to vulnerable women and youths in Nigeria.
It listed 1000 Iced-Fish Boxes, 600 NSPRI Hermetic Steel Drums, 120 NSPRI Smoking Kilns and 18 Parabolic Solar Dryers as equipment that will be handed over to beneficiaries across 19 states in the first phase.
“This is because we recognize that there are several vulnerable women and young people whose lives would be positively impacted if they had access to some of our innovations,” NSPRI said.
The development, the institute added, will provide decent livelihoods and significantly help to ease the burden of women and youths.
Executive Director of the Institute, Dr. (Mrs.) Patricia Pessu, made this known at its special popularization event for innovations and distribution of agricultural storage facilities to vulnerable women and youth in Ilorin on Tuesday.
Pessu also said that NSPRI has over the years remained resolute in its quest to avail the country of sustainable solutions to the problem of agricultural post-harvest losses.
In her words, “So far, under the guidance of our Board and the support of our management and staff, our scientists have come up with several innovations to support post-harvest storage of agricultural commodities”
Speaking on the institute’s laboratory, Pessu said “Our laboratory is now in the final stages of ISO certification. Upon full certification, NSPRI will be listed globally as a destination from which entrepreneurs may wish to carry out food and food crop analyses.
” In addition, farmers and other agricultural stakeholders including exporters will enjoy the convenience and peace of mind of utilizing our laboratories for analyses and certification of these agricultural produce” she added.
The ED also said that the Institute had commenced research into the production of pesticides.
The bio-pesticide named “NSPRIDUST,” she noted, was currently in the final stages of registration with NAFDAC.
NSPRIDUST as a bio-pesticide will help to mitigate pest infestation in a manner that is safer to the health of humans than chemical pesticides, Pessu assured.
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