NIFST TO COLLABORATE WITH ADP OVER MELON PROCESSING STUDY…. AS IHEDIOHA PROMISES TO FINANCE IT
By: Augustine Agwulonu
The governor of Imo State, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha has announced an endowment of 3 million Naira for experts to conduct a study into the mechanisation of melon processing.
He made this known recently when members of Nigeria Institute of Food Science and Technology paid his courtesy visit in Owerri, the Imo State capital.
The Governor said experts from the NIFST are to collaborate with Imo State Agricultural Development Programme (ADP) to conduct the study
He tasked NIFST to evaluate the feasibility of deploying local made shelling machines to improve the quality and consumer acceptance of shelled melon.
He disclosed the Nigeria is the largest producer of melon worldwide with over 300 tons an nually, but most of the seeds ae wasted due to poor storage and primitive handling.
Ihedioha re-stated the commitment of his administration towards seeking additional revenue through agriculture by making Imo State the hub of quality value added food products.
He maintained that the mechanization of melon processing will improve its quality and consumer acceptance in the international market thereby creating more job opportunity for youth and women.
Earlier, President of the Institute, Mr. Emma Okoye congratulate the governor on his victory. adding that this marks the first time food scientist emerged as governor in Nigeria.