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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

TWO NIGERIAN YOUNG INVENTORS, INVENTS A BITTER LEAF WASHING MACHINE


Bitter leaf washing machine? Yes! Young talents from Anambra State, Ubaka Chukwuebuka and Atikpo Chukwuebuka, have developed a prototype bitter leaf washing machine while expecting investments to build the finished product.

The two brothers, who are based in Awka, Anambra State are out to strengthen the country’s agricultural sector using technology, help create employment, and support made-in-Nigeria agenda.

                            

This burning desire pushed them to engage in some tedious menial jobs to raise N125,000 seed capital to source raw materials locally to invent a bitter leaf washing machine they called Oganiihu C².

Also,  according to the duo,  they  actually started working on this project while they were in Secondary School.

                             

Currently, Atikpo who  is a 200-level Polymer and Textile Engineering Undergraduate of Nnamdi Azikiwe  University, Awka, while the brother, Ubaka is a 100-Level Polymer and Textile Engineering Undergraduate of Nnamdi Azikwe University, Awka, However,  wanted a perfect solution to Nigeria’s farmers’ plights during the processing of the biter leaf for export.

According to them,  this machine  will help in easy processing of the food item; getting them ready for both local consumption and export.

                            

The prototype bitter leaf washing machine was nicknamed Oganiihu C²

What is the economic value of bitter leaf that this machine will enhance?

Barely a year ago, Anambra State Government made headlines when it became the first State in Nigeria to export vegetables (Ugu and Onugbu (bitter leaf)), valued at $5m to Europe.

This machine is even more critical in processing bitter leaf for preservation. For instance, in a Premium Times report of December 2016 the Agricultural Fresh Produce Growers and Exporters Association of Nigeria ( AFPGEAN ) says between 55% and 72% of fresh produce grown in the country perish before they can be consumed, they stated.

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