The Nigerian Association of Technologists in Engineering (NATE) said it would embark on the fabrication of rice dryer, shea butter and castor oil seed processing machines this year.

Mr Ibidapo Kayode, Lagos State Chairman of NATE, on Saturday in Lagos said that the fabrication would help boost the nation’s agricultural sector.

He said most farmers in the country faced huge losses for lack of proper preservation due to improper drying of grains such as rice.

“Research has shown that Nigerian farmers do not only face the challenge of how to de-stone the rice they produce but that they also experience a huge loss due to lack of adequate preservation resulting from improper drying.

“The presence of moisture in freshly harvested grains and favourable temperature enhances germination of stored seeds; to prevent loss, this needs to be controlled by removing the moisture completely.

“It is important to dry grains before storing because it contains moisture that is favourable for the growth of microorganisms which can spoil the grain.

“In order to tackle the above, NATE Lagos branch has decided to embark on the fabrication of rice dryer,’’ he said.

According to him, shea butter, mostly known as “Ori” in Western Nigeria, has one of the most important anti-ageing agents for the skin.

The technologist said vitamins A and E found in shea butter kept the skin supple, nourished, and radiant.