With scientific and technological innovations dictating the order of the day around the universe, a country like Nigeria who have been upholding the mantle as “giants of Africa” is presently witnessing a bloom in the midst of 21st century technology as a Damaturu-based agro-allied organisation has reportedly utilised local technology to invent a method for preservation of onions in the state.
Executive Director of the company which declared anonymity, Alhaji Bornoma Yalamoi, divulged in a closed door interview that the method made use of sand for the local cooling system device, which inturn produces moisture to preserve the onions over a lengthy period and also keeping it fresh during this period.
In an attempt to convince with evidence, Yalamoi was able to reveal how the company in the last five months made effective use of the local technology to preserve more than 200 bags of onions within the stated period.
“We are currently harvesting; we will increase the quantity and expand the process to target one year preservation period,” he said.
It is also worthy to take cognisance of the fact that an average-size bag bag now sells for between N3,500 and N4,500, and can fetch up to N20,000 if preserved and sold few months after harvest period.
According to him, the collosal losses being beared by the company due to inadequacy of required storage facilities in the past, spurred them into devising this new local preservation method.
“We started with little quantity, and progressed over the years, and had been able to preserve the entire onions harvested.
“We took pains to find a way out of the situation because many farmers are forced to dispose their onions at give-away prices, or risk losing the stock to poor storage.
Thus, as the vegetable markets in the state is currently witnessing an overwhelming influx of the farm produce (onion), which is resulting into a massive fall in terms of price, the organisation is said to have commenced training of farmers focussing on the storage process as it will make it possible for their produce to withstand the test of time, without having to auction them at extremely cheap rates due to lack of storage facilities.