There was a mild drama in the Senate during a meeting between the Senate committee on science and technology and Raw Material Research and Development Council (RMRDC) on Monday.
The Senate committee had asked the council to brief it on its activities but there was big Surprise when Professor Ibrahim, who leads the council, told the Chairman of the Senate Committee, Senator Uche Ekwunife, and other members that kilishi, a locally spiced roasted meat, made in the north and popular among travellers in that region, is an outstanding achievement for the agency.
Senator Ekwunife had asked the council to tell tell the committee the local raw materials it has developed in the areas of health, brewery, construction, science, and technology, or agriculture and give the synopsis of what have been developed or generated for local industries.
In his reply, Professor Ibrahim said,
“We have developed two varieties of Sorghum. We collaborated with agricultural research institutes, pharmaceutical industries because we produce ethanol from it and that is the basic raw material for the production of sanitizers.
“Also from the same Sorghum, we developed other products like Glucose syrup, livestock feeds, material for breweries, and starch.”
“We have not reached that stage. It goes through processes. We have tested it now but the stage we are now in the pilot stage.
“That pilot stage will now lead to the optimisation of the products. At that pilot stage, we would now see if what we have finally done is technically feasible or commercially viable. We have to determine that.
“After we had determined that, we will now ask relevant industries to take them for mass production. In our 30 years of research activities, we are still the largest research Institute. But to be candid with you, we are making progress.
“For now, we have developed technology to optimise Kilishi production. Research activities take time.”