The Minister of State for Agriculture, Heineken Lopkobiri has declared that the Federal Government would save eight billion dollars through new storage technologies developed by the Nigerian Stored Products Research Institute, Illorin.
This is contained in a statement signed by the Deputy Director, Information in the ministry, Mrs Blessing Lere-Adams in Abuja.
The statement quoted Lokpobiri to have made the statement while receiving a team of researchers from the institute lead by Executive Director, Professor Peters Olufemi in Abuja.
Lokpobiri said the institute had been able to fabricate and develop technologies that would reduce storage problems of all food crops in the country, stressing that the development would aid Nigeria’s target of self sufficiency in food production through reduction in post harvest losses.
The minister said the initiative would also ensure that agricultural produce will be kept within the food supply chain.
He recalled that findings from 2013 Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) factsheets and NSPRI survey conducted in all geo-political zones, estimated food losses to be 51.3 tonnes across all crops; valued at $8.9 billion dollars.
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