Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali, Vice-Chancellor, University of Ilorin, on Monday said that a moringa processing factory set up by the university would produce moringa-based food products and health supplements on commercial basis.
Ambali disclosed this in his address on Monday at the second Moringa at the Leading Edge (MLE), conference organized by the Moringa Plantation Management Committee of the University.
The four-day conference has the theme: “Emergent Moringa: Roles in Heath, Wellness, Sustainable Development, Environmental Protection and Global Food Security”.
The VC pointed out that the university was keenly interested in the potential of the moringa plant.
He said that this was because of its contributions not only to health and wellbeing but also to diverse areas of the economy.
Ambali said that the conference offered an ample opportunity to unlock knowledge and provide information about the plant.
“The university is equally interested in the plant with a view to demystifying it against the backdrop of many fanciful claims made about it.
“This mystery creates skepticisms among those who are scientifically-minded about its validity,” he said.
He warned that the product had attracted abuse from unscrupulous agents and quack practitioners, hence the
need to tighten the control over the production of herbal products including moringa.
In his own address, Alhaji Bature Masari, the Director General, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), said there should be a deliberate linkage between the academia, industry and government for
efficient partnership to drive innovation.
Masari, who was represented by Dr Friday Okpara, Head, Public Private Partnership (PPP) at SMEDAN, said this would help achieve food security, employment generation and effective response to raw-material needs.