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NFTRC continues to empower Batswana

The National Food Technology Research Centre (NFTRC) has awarded certificates on fruit and vegetable processing to 13 participants in Kanye  on April 13. 

Participants  comprised of 12 women and one man from various districts who attended the five-days course. 

Awarding the certificates to completers, Dr Lemogang Kwape from the nutrition and dietetics department at NFTRC thanked participants for their commitment and passion during the course, which aimed at empowering them with business skills.

He said fruit and vegetable processing training was focused on processing salads, achar and jam.  He said Batswana grew a lot of watermelons which could be processed to make jam.   

Dr Kwape said their duty was to ensure that not only do farmers produce ample harvest, but that they also utilise the produce to ensure food security, saying utilisation included processing fruits and vegetables into different value added products.

He applauded NFTRC for providing participants with invaluable skills, saying they had learnt a lot, especially on the hygiene part of the training.

He urged them to seek help from NFTRC whenever they needed it, adding that they should be competitive because competition was healthy and motivated entrepreneurs. 

He encouraged Batswana to eat traditional  food as well as wild fruits like Morula because they were healthier.

Dr Kwape, who is also a member of Vision 2036 committee, is working on four pillars which are human and social developments, environment safety, economic and safety for Batswana.

One of the participants, Ms Itumeleng Mmola thanked the resource persons who equipped them with knowledge on how to process fruits and vegetables as well as to conserve them. ENDS

Source : BOPA

Author : Tshiamiso Mosetlha

Location : KANYE

Event : Certification

Date : Apr 16 Mon,2018

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