Don calls for value addition to indigenous crops
A professor of Food Science and Technology at the College of Agriculture, Bowen University, Iwo, Osun State, Bolanle Otegbayo, has called for value addition to indigenous crops to reduce post-harvest losses and ensure food security in the country.
Prof. Otegbayo made the call during the eighth inaugural lecture of the university.
Speaking on the theme: “The Mystery of Invisible Determinant of Life: A Voyage in the Realm of Food Quality,” the professor emphasised that without food, there would be starvation, while excessive food could lead to unhealthy conditions.
She, therefore, pointed out that food must be in appropriate quantity and quality.
After unraveling the mystery of the invisible determinants of life, which are food and quality food, the don called for exploration of the industrial potential of yam and more collaborations between researchers and the industry.
She also called for value addition to indigenous crops through product development to reduce post-harvest losses.
‘’I recommend more collaboration between researchers and end-users of research outputs in the industry. The university is rich in intellectual resources and expertise and these should be used to solve problems identified by the industry and society as a whole,” she said.
She added that value addition at household and industrial levels would ensure food security, nutrition security, increasing dignity of life to farmers, generate employment, which would contribute to the reduction in the social vices, such as substance abuse, thuggery, armed robbery, kidnapping and banditry plaguing the society.
Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Joshua Ogunwole, represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (DVC), Prof. Oluwatosin Atobatele, said Otegbayo had set the pace in many ways.