Determined to tackle the challenge of post-harvest losses in the country, the Women Environmental Programme, says it has begun the construction of solar dryer tent to address wastage of agricultural products in Buruku Local Government Area of Benue state.
The Programme Officer of the organisation, Tracy Nguavese, who disclosed this in Abuja said the solar dryer tent would help improve the drying of pepper, tomatoes, cassava, fruits and vegetables in a more hygienic, suitable and controlled method.
Nguavese said farmers were only able to sell few quantities because huge quantities of farm produce were being wasted owing to lack of adequate storing facility.
In her words ‘‘The majority of farmers use sun drying for preservation while sometimes selling food crops off at low cost.”
‘‘It has been observed over time that a lot of these perishables get wasted, hence the need to proffer an immediate and sustainable remedy,’’ she added.
She stated that the dryer system also targets the peasant farmers and consumers in the community, noting that the system had also recorded less post-harvest spoilage of farm produce and labour for women had reduced.