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NACETEM harps on tech use to curb post-harvest losses

By Kehinde Olatunji
23 February 2022   |   2:12 am
Director-General National Centre For Technology Management (NACETEM), Prof. Okechukwu Ukwuoma, has emphasised the need to adopt and adapt technology in agricultural practices to boost productivity and address post-harvest losses.

Director-General National Centre For Technology Management (NACETEM), Prof. Okechukwu Ukwuoma, has emphasised the need to adopt and adapt technology in agricultural practices to boost productivity and address post-harvest losses.

Ukwuoma stated that though Nigeria contributed about 51 per cent of the total food supply in West Africa, the country’s post-harvest losses have increased to an estimated N3.5 trillion yearly.

He spoke, yesterday, at a stakeholders’ workshop on the role of Science Technology and Innovation (STI) in agricultural productivity and food security in Nigeria, held in Nasarawa State.

This is not good for the country, he stated, while calling for urgent arrest of the trend, to pave the way for agriculture to become a veritable tool for sustainable development in Nigeria.

On his part, Director, Technical Services, Agricultural Development Programme (ADP), Calabar, Ubi Okoi, stated that given the current developments in global technological advancement in agriculture, the workshop has become very timely for better service delivery in the years to come.

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