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Thursday, 14 Nov. 2013
A major exporter of Individually Quick Frozen (IQF) fruits and vegetables in Nigeria has called on the Federal Government to support more private sector initiatives in the cultivation of fruit and vegetables in Africa's most populous country; local magazine Business Day reported that Venus Processing and Packaging Ltd (VPPL), a member of the Primlaks Group, wants government support for expansive cultivation and processing of local fruit and vegetables using the latest IQF technology.The firm believes it would help to create millions of jobs, reduce post-harvest losses and earn foreign exchange; the group chief executive said IQF technology involves quick-freezing of freshly-harvested fruits and vegetables to lock in all their vitamins, nutrients and natural goodness; the technology offers a lot of benefits, particularly because recent research efforts have suggested that frozen foods are better than fresh as they give higher levels of vitamins and anti-oxidants.VPPL has invested heavily in research and packaging before setting up Nigeria’s first IQF factory, as well as securing local and international certifications to achieve the delivery of products that meet world-class standards. VPPL pioneered IQF fruit and vegetable production in Nigeria because observed that Nigeria suffers from an estimated 40% post-harvest loss that should not be allowed to continue and are sure that IQF has the potential to stop this unacceptable waste.This effort could help in achieving the objectives of the Federal Government’s Agricultural Transformation Agenda and offer Nigeria a huge revenue earning opportunity as government assistance to growers of local fruits and vegetables would create room for increased production, processing, utilisation and export.VPPL’s investment in IQF technology has resulted in the production of the Sympli brand, which comprises products such as native chillies, as well as fruits like pineapple, papaya and mango.