The Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC) has donated a Cashew nut oil extractor machine to the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB).
At the handing over ceremony in Abeokuta, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Felix Salako, commended the council for fulfilling its part of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with the university.
He noted that the machine would add value to the school’s Cashew Processing Unit, just as it would also improve the economic status of the university.
“What you should know about value-addition for any raw material like cashew, cassava and the rest, is that once you process them further, you have added value,” the VC sad.
Salako revealed that the Cashew shell nut oil extractor machine would be used to extract industrial products like oil and the rest, that would be useful in some industries.
He further added that the machine, which will be used for commercial purposes at a premium scale, would also assist in generating funds for the university.
Earlier in his remarks, the State Coordinator of RMRDC, Mr Abiola Adeagbo, said that the council was committed to developing local industries.
According to him, RMRDC realise the enormous work being carried out on cashew in the university, both in research and teaching, as well as on the cashew kernel snacks, which prompted the council to partner with the university.
“The university has comparative advantage, particularly in the area of cashew, and we are developing local contents; certainly, we have to key into them and work together, so that we can move the commodity to the next level,” he said.
Adeagbo, who commended the university for putting to good use previous equipment donated by the council, said that this encouraged RMRDC to continue with the partnership.
He observed that the machine will bring about employment generation to FUNAAB and Nigeria as a whole.