Today in Abuja, Nigeria, the Director of Bio-Resources Technology Department in the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology (FMST), Mr. Abayomi Oguntade assures Nigerians that the institutes will intensify effort in engaging modern and up to date Research and Development (RnD) in processing indigenous crops into nutritious good foods.
That RnD will further boost indigenous technology in Nigeria and that the national economy development would develop rapidly.
Mr. Abayomi Oguntade while briefing newsmen early hour of Monday stated that improving food processing is part of the effort of the federal government under the leadership of President Buhari’s administration to add values to the usage of home-grown crops and grow the economy.
That RnD into food process, packages and nutrition of the native crop by the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology (FMST) was aimed by an institute of the FMST – Federal Institute of Industrial Research Oshidi (FIIRO).
That research findings of the FIIRO would improve food products suitable for commercialisation by small, medium and large scale entrepreneurs.
That agricultural waste such as cassava peel and okra had been appropriately processed and blended with conventional feed ingredients at predetermined levels for the development of a nutritious feed for a day old broiler chicks.
That FIIRO had used its food technology to produce high nutrient density biscuit, ready- to-use therapy for management of severe acute malnutrition, onion paste and value added products from indigenous onion varieties.
That onion was one of the most important vegetables consumed in Nigeria and around the world.
At the briefing the Director of Bio-Resources Technology Department in the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology (FMST) was firmly stated that “The institute is a centre of excellence in Research and Development Innovation in food processing and nutrition using indigenous crops for promotion of consumption of healthy, nutritious and affordable foods.
“Also into safe products for a hunger free society with vibrant agricultural value chain“