The Leader, Southwest, Governing Board of the Raw Material Research and Development Council (RMRDC), Asiwaju Solomon Onafowokan, has lauded the University for operating on zero-waste basis in terms of effective utilisation of land. Asiwaju Onafowokan gave this commendation when members of the Governing Board of RMRDC visited the University on a facility tour of the institution’s Cashew Nut Processing Plant. He said the Board came to find out how the equipments and machines, donated to the University in 2011, namely; Steam Boiler, Oven, Spicing Machine, Packaging Machine, Thermal Shock, Steel Stools and Tables – were performing, as well as to know the challenges faced during maintainance.

The Director, Agricultural and Agro-Allied Department of RMRDC, Dr. Moyo Jolaoso, who has been leading the RMRDC team on the collaboration with the University since 2011, stressed that cashew processing was just the first phase after which comes the industrial application, where the oil extracted from the shell would be used in manufacturing of paints, organic pesticides and organic fertilizer. Dr. Jolaoso added that the domestication of the machines donated by the council was done to make it easier for students to procure on graduating.

Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Development, Professor Kolawole Salako, stated that FUNAAB was happy to collaborate with RMRDC. The Vice-Chancellor noted that the University started the business of cashew 15 years ago with the processing of cashew juice, which was closed down partly due to the need to properly register with the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC). He also commended the level of commitment of the staff of RMRDC in acquiring the Cashew Nut processing machines for the University. Professor Oyewole noted that some FUNAAB students and those from Landmark University, Omu-Aran, Kwara State were presently undergoing their industrial attachments in the University and gave the assurance that very soon, there would not be any need for FUNAAB students to go for their industrial attachments outside the University.

The Co-ordinator, FUNAAB Cashew Nut Processing Plant, Dr. Akinpelu Ojo, said he was happy with the tour of the facilities, as the Board was able to meet with the workers and students while working. He disclosed that all the machines donated by RMRDC were in premium condition. He, however, added that they still required a multi-purpose juice extractor to resume the commercial production of cashew, Pineapple, Mango, as well as Citrus juices.

Last Updated on December 16, 2014 by admin

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