The Federal University of Technology, Akure, FUTA, in collaboration with international Institute for Tropical Agriculture, IITA, Ibadan; Centre for Development Research, ZEF, Germany; Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa, FARA, Accra, Ghana, and Biomass Web, a project sponsored by FARA, has hosted a fabricators forum and a one-day dissemination workshop on pneumatic flash dryer for high quality cassava flour, HQCF, an essential ingredient in the production of bread and other confectioneries.
The convener of the workshop and team leader, Biomass Web project, FUTA, Professor Olawale Olukunle disclosed that the Federal Government’s policy on the 10 percent inclusion of HQCF into wheat flour for baking and confectionery, created a huge demand for HQCF by flour millers.
He added that since the indigenous fabrication industry has shown immense innovation and commitment through the commercial production of flash dryers, there is a need for collaboration between the experts in academics and local fabricators to develop an efficient drying system for HQCF production.
On his part, FUTA’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Joseph Fuwape, said the workshop came at a time when research institutes in developing countries, including higher institutions, are challenged to play a more active role in the technological development.
Professor Fuwape said as a specialised university with the mandate of advancing the cause of technology, FUTA’s department of Agricultural Engineering has developed three cassa-va peelers—Knife Edged Automator Peeler type 1 and 2, and the abrasive tooled automated peeler.