BY HEMBADOON ORSAR, makurdi
Center for Food Technology and Research, ( CEFTER), African Center for Control of Post Harvest Losses Benue State University makurdi, has exhibited 77 products from different varieties of Benue crops to mark the center’s 2017 Food week exhibition.
The leader of the center, professor Daniel Adezwa, in a welcome address disclosed that the 77 various products were produced by students of different department using locally produced crops.
According to him, the CEFTER students Food week exhibition is a student activity aimed at exposing them to a practical problem solving platform targeting products development from common foods crops.
“in this year’s outing, a total number of 139 PGD, MSc and PhD students were group into ten and assigned different food crops to study and develop products that will add value and reduce post harvest losses. It is expected that most of the adopted techniques can be extend to farmers and food handlers for use to enhance their output”
Some of the groups leaders who spoke to correspondent including Isaiah Yarkwan ,Yam group, Dr Rose Kukwa Tomatoe group and Mercy Ejechi Rice group all expressed confidence in the ability of the students to produce varieties of food items using just one crop and appealed to the school authority to fast tract the process of registering their products with NAFDAC.
Declaring the occasion open, the Vice chancellor, Benue State University makurdi, professor Msugh Kembe who was represented by prof Edward Umodu commended the center for putting BSU on the global map.
According to him, this value addition to crops in the state will reduce to the barest minimum post harvest losses and called on NAFDAC to facilitate the process of registering all the products.