Why FG should build cold-rooms

Sunday Trust - - AGRIC BUSINESS -

Anon-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion, Pro­tec­tO­zone Sus­tain­able Liveli­hood Ini­tia­tive, has urged the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment to build cold-rooms from so­lar tech­nol­ogy to elon­gate pro­duce nu­tri­ents and shelf-life

Olalekan Si­pasi, the founder of the or­gan­i­sa­tion, made the call in an in­ter­view with the News Agency of Nige­ria (NAN) in La­gos.

Si­pasi said the call be­came nec­es­sary be­cause cold-rooms could pre­serve the nu­tri­ents in food, which could be lost to other means of preser­va­tion.

“If prop­erly ex­ploited, Nige­ria can pro­duce food, not only for it­self but for neigh­bour­ing coun­tries.

“A world with­out hunger is pos­si­ble if pa­ram­e­ters, which shored up the cost of agri­cul­tural pro­duc­tion, par­tic­u­larly in Nige­ria, were ad­dressed.”

He said that many farm set­tle­ments or com­mu­ni­ties could be given lower elec­tric­ity tar­iffs to en­cour­age agri­cul­tural pro­duc­tion as farm­ers needed to lever­age on tech­nol­ogy, which re­quired elec­tric­ity to func­tion.

“I feel per­son­ally that farm­ers should not be made to pay same tar­iff as ordinary con­sumers.

“The farm­ing com­mu­ni­ties should have lower tar­iff to have in­creased food pro­duc­tion.

“If we have lower tar­iffs, farm pro­duce can be re­frig­er­ated to guar­an­tee longer shelflife, par­tic­u­larly in the ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties,” he said.

He com­mended the gov­ern­ment on FADAMA pro­grammes and other ini­tia­tives, adding that such pro­grammes have in­creased har­vest.

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