Expo: FIIRO canvases bridging gap in agriculture

The Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi (FIIRO) on Thursday in Abuja said the nation must intensify efforts toward bridging gap in the agricultural sector.

The Director-General of FIIRO, Dr. Gloria Elemo, made the call during the Researchers and Innovators Forum in an ongoing Technology and Innovation Expo 2017.

Elemo , who talked on “Investment Opportunities in Food Processing Technology“ said that research and innovation ought to be more concentrated on food processing to address wastage.

“There is a gap in agriculture and we are trying to close it by putting environmental condition into consideration.

“Over 50 per cent of tomato produced in the farm waste yearly.

“Nevertheless, research and development can move us out of poverty and create jobs for jobless,’’ she said.

Elemo said that focus should be on link between technological innovation and the industry.

The D-G noted that waste ought to be harnessed into useful forms through the application of basic biotechnological tools.

Prof. Seidu Mohammed, the Director General, National Agency of Space and Research Development Agency (NASRDA), who spoke on “Investment Opportunities in Space Technology “ advised the nation to invest more on Satellite and Information Technology.

According to him, communications satellites are used for television, telephone, radio, Internet and military applications.

“It is difficult to go through a day without using a communications satellite at least once.

“Communications satellites allow radio, television, and telephone transmissions to be sent live anywhere in the world.

“Satellites are in orbit, the signals can be sent instantaneously into space and then redirected to another satellite or directly to their destination, “ he said.


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