Anambra State Government has organized a-three-day intensive training for farmers on the use of local materials to design and fabricate agro-dryers and bio-gas technology.
The farmers who attended the training in Awka, were also taught how to mitigate post-harvest losses in agro production.
Blessing Uchendu reports that while addressing participants, the Anambra State Commissioner for Agriculture, Mechanization, Processing and Export, Mr Nnamdi Onukwuba, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mrs Stephanie Kerri-Uzor, said that the state government remained determined to opening up all agricultural value chains to create employment, generate revenue and strongly register Anambra as an agricultural base of Nigeria.
Mr. Onukwuba further described the training as timely, noting that it would provide farmers with the basis in processing and preservation of harvested crops through the use of solar dryers and enjoined the trainees to put into practice, all the information garnered from the training as it would help them expand their coast in agricultural business.
An Engineer at Green Energy Technologies Networking, Dr Joseph Okeke, who was the resource person at the event and whose lecture centered on mitigation of post harvest losses in agro production, said that value could be added to vegetables by drying it without affecting its colour or texture.
Participants including, Evangelist Sunday Odogwu from Awka South and Mrs. Bernadette Asianya from Nnewi North, expressed happiness over the training series, promising to make effective use of them in boosting their agricultural practice.