A chemical company, BASF, is embarking on an initiative aimed at tackling perennial post-harvest challenges facing players in the agricultural sector in Nigeria. To achieve the target, the company has partnered with Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) to carry out a study on the losses associated with the post-harvest losses in the sector.
The study is in line with BASF’s Cold Chain Mapping Project currently underway in Nigeria. Specifically, the study aims to identify the current cold storage capacity of Nigeria in both frozen and ambient temperature segments. A statement issued by NASF said the mapping outcomes will provide information that can be utilised to stimulate private sector investments for infrastructure and muchneeded financial services, as well as education and public awareness of the status of the sector.
“The results will inform the cold chain stakeholders’ dialogue and coordination necessary for effective cold chain development,” the statement said. Managing Director, BASF West Africa, Dr. Jean-Marc Ricca, said as the leading provider of polyurethane insulation solutions globally for more than 150 years, his firm is the right partner to help develop the Cold Chain of Nigeria. “Our three innovative and energy-efficient polyurethane insulation materials for the cold chain have contributed to food preservation globally.
“As an organisation that invests in Research and Development, we will continue to challenge conventional packaging for a sustainable future,” he said. A Senior Project Manager for Post-Harvest Loss Alliance for Improved Nutrition (PLAN), Augustine Okoruwa, also reiterated the value that the partnership is expected to bring. According to him, “BASF, with its strong focus on innovation and successes recorded in the development of sustainable solutions in the cold chain storage value chain, is a veritable partner in this journey of identifying and bridging the existing wide gap in the Cold Chain in West Africa.” The outcome of the Cold Chain Mapping Project is expected to be released in April 2018.
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