The Director-General, the Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi (FIIRO), Dr. Gloria Elemo has disclosed that the institute had designed and patented a plant for the mechanised production of garri, just as it had developed 25 cassava-based products through its research and development.
She said the institute is adding value to agricultural produce, using simple processing technologies that can be adopted by Micro, Small and Medium Scale Entrepreneurs for production of different convenient foods.
Some of the developed technologies developed by the institute, she maintained, have taken into consideration the significance of good nutrition toward promoting health and wellness in the society.
In line with this, Dr. Elemo said the institute has done researches and employed improved technologies on convenience foods which can be produced locally using natural nutrients.
She listed the convenience food products to include plantain flour and chips, tomato paste, ketchup and puree, fruit juices from orange and pineapple and cassava based products, such as fortified gari, macaroni, custard; yam chips, sweet potato chips,tapioca,baked sweet potato and baked Irish potato.
She explained that the institute’s processing facilities protect perishable crops and help entrepreneurs using fruits and vegetables in the production of convenience food products.
Given improved funding, she said the institute has the ability to make more innovations into local food opportunities, adding that its scientists are working on solutions to post harvest losses as well as storage problems.