By Peter Duru
MAKURDI—Leader of the Centre for Food Technology and Research, CEFTER, Benue State University, Makurdi, Professor Daniel Adezwa, has revealed that over 50 percent of the food crop produced in the country was lost due to poor handling.
Professor Adezwa, who spoke yesterday at the CEFTER 2017 Food Week and Exhibition at the state’s university, said the centre was working tirelessly to stem the tide to check cases of food shortages.
He disclosed that 77 various products were produced in the exhibition by students of different departments using local crops, explaining that the Food Week was aimed at exposing the students to practical problem-solving platform, targeting products development from common foods crops.
Declaring the exhibition open, Vice Chancellor, Benue State University, Professor Msugh Kembe, who was represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academics, Professor Edward Umodu, commended the centre for putting BSU on the global map.
He noted that the value addition to crops being undertaken by the centre will greatly reduce post-harvest losses recorded by farmers, thereby improving their sources of livelihood.