July 8th 2019 has been earmarked as date for formal unveiling of new research products for some Agricultural Commodities as certified by Researchers from various Universities and research Institutes across the Country.
Drawn from Association of Deans of Agricultural Faculties of Nigeria ADAN and Stored Agricultural Commodities Initiative SACI, the Research fellows were mandated to taste the Veracity of Dehytrays for drying of Tomatoes, Pepper and Okra While Hermetic Storage bags for stored produce in Kebbi State.
Speaking at the meeting of Technical Committee today at the Waziri Umaru Federal Polytechnic Birnin Kebbi ; Leaders of the Research Group Dr Adamu Muhammad from Kebbi State University of Science and Technology Aliero and Dr John Alabi from Waziri Umaru Polytechnic stated that the Dehytrays have been developed by Professor Klein Illeleji from Purdue University in the United States of America to reduce post harvest wastages by farmers.
They further explained that arrangements are being done to host field day event in the State Capital to demonstrate the workability of the two products.
Dr Adamu Muhammad further revealed that apart from the 3 mandate crops, the trial was found to be applicable to onions dehydration with optimal results.
Expected at the field day are Members of Academia, Commodity Merchants, Processors, Farmers, Marketers and Officials from Ministries and Agencies of Government in the State.
Six States including Kebbi, Kaduna, Benue, Delta, Niger and Ebonyi were selected for the pilot scheme.
Today’s meeting was attended by Dr John Alabi, Dr Adamu Muhammad, Dr Usman Hassan, a National Commodity Consultant and State Secretary of FACAN, Abubakar Kalgo with others drawn from Kebbi State University Aliero and FACAN.