FIIRO partners German firms GIZ, BOSCH on cassava processing
As part of fulfilling its mandate of rapid industrial acceleration through research and development, the Federal Institute of Industrial Research Oshodi (FIIRO) has entered an agreement with two German companies GIZ and BOSCH.
GIZ is a green innovation centre for agriculture and food sector and BOSCH is a specialist in the fabrication of power tools, machineries and household equipment.
The agreement will enable FIIRO to the upscale the development of innovative cassava processing technologies to improve income for Nigerian micro, small and medium sized cassava processors and to create additional employment.
Prof. (Mrs) Gloria Elemo, DG, FIIRO who played host to the German firms in FIIRO, Lagos on Thursday, commended GIZ and BOSCH for the partnership.
Elemo noted that FIIRO has developed over 25 commercilisable products from cassava, adding that the institute has also worked virtually on all agro-commodities available in Nigeria and has developed processing technologies to convert them to shelf stable products thereby reducing post harvest losses in Nigeria.
In his presentation, Harwig Michaelsen, Project Manager, GIZ, stated that the project concept is to develop simple mobile and stationary cassava processing units for both small and medium sized cassava processors, adding that small sized units will comprise of a tricycle with a trailer carrying the basic cassava equipment, mainly the hammer mill, hydraulic press and source of power.
Michaelsen, however, presented a draft of operational work plan, which was discussed and accepted with input by all parties including responsibilities and obligations of each of the parties.
Francis Omoniyi, Sales Director, West-Africa, BOSCH emphasised the need for effective packaging of products coming out from the processors, such as garri, fufu, starch, flour, etc, adding that BOSCH packaging has adequate capacity in developing packaging solutions and will be a very useful partner in the proposed collaboration.
In a communiqué drafted at the ceremony, it was agreed that FIIRO should design and develop a prototype of Mobile Cassava Processing Unit together with BOSCH packaging in accordance with the technical concept as proposed by GIZ.
The communiqué reads; “FIIRO should provide machinery – Hammer-mill and hydraulic press and adapt to specifications needed; run the lab and field tests needed, run road shows and present the unit at trade fairs together with BOSCH Packaging. To support after sales work, develop innovative machinery package adapted to individual situation of the middle –sized processor together with BOSCH.