AGRICULTURAL CROP PROCESSING AND STORAGE: A PANACEA TO FOOD SECURITY

 Engr. Professor Bolanle Adenike Adejumo

Wednessday 5th May, 2021

The Federal University of Technology Minna,
Main Campus,
Gidan Kwanu,
Minna, Niger State

 Mr. Vice-Chancellor Sir, this lecture has highlighted that with the appropriate processing methods, packaging and storage conditions as well as using adequate structures, post harvest food losses can be minimised. Some of the oil extracted from underutilized seeds, are edible and suitable for industrial application in cosmetic and biofuel/biolubricant industries. The developments of improved storage structures using locally available materials with operation methods requiring minimal
expertise suggest its acceptability to the peasant farmers.
 
Crop processing and storage will adequately solve the problem of food loss and wastage which is crucial in achieving food security in Nigeria.
 
Recommendations
Nigeria is blessed with fertile soil capable of producing food supply for all its populace all year round if adequately processed and stored. Therefore, the following recommendations are made:
1. Teaching and training of Agricultural Engineers in all Polytechnics and Universities should be restructured to provide solutions to the needs of the farmers and processors.