A Drop of new technology through use of dryers and biogas technology will help to curtail post harvest losses inAnambra state.
Anambra State Commissioner for Agriculture, Nnamdi Onukwuba, made the affirmation at a workshop organised for the state’s farmers on how to use local materials for designs and fabrication of agro dryers/bio-gas technology.
The event was held at the ADP Conference Hall of the ministry in Awka.
While declaring open the event, Mr Onukwuba commended the consultant, Dr I J Okeke, for his passion in imparting the knowledge of the new technology to the Anambra State farmers and how to cushion post harvest losses in the state.
The commissioner was represented at the occasion by the Permanent Secretary in the agric Ministry, Mrs Stephanie Keri-Uzo.
The commissioner advised all the participants to pay close attention to the knowledge that the consultant would impart to them, stressing that the technology was good for both home use and large scale Agric produce.
In his lecture, the consultant, Dr Okeke explained the use and fabrication of solar energy powered dryers, saying that India had come up with different types of designs.
Some of the designs include a tunnel, cabinet, square box and gape roof for drying of all agro products including fish, meat and herbs.
Okeke said there were numerous benefits to the technology as it helped to reduce the wastages in agro produce.
“It reduces costs, while eliminating poverty; it also promotes employment in the agric sector and helps to grow more foods as wastages have been taken care of.”
In her contribution, the President of Cocoyam Association, Mrs Eucharia Adukuoalu commended the Government of Anambra for the privilege provided the farmers to benefit from the new technology.
She assured them that they would make good use of the knowledge they tapped from the resource person.
In another comment, a cassava farmer from Anaocha, Mr Joachini Okoye expressed his gratitude to the consultant for the knowledge imparted in the state farmers, saying that it would help them to reduce the harvest losses in the state.