NIHORT Reveals Fruit That Can Reduce Risk Of Cancer, Speed Up Recovery From Surgery
The National Horticultural Research Institute (NIHORT) has advised Nigerians to increase their intake of pineapple saying it helps reduce the risk of cancer and speed up recovery after surgery.
Yans.ng gathered that Dr Abayomi Olaniyan, the Executive Director of NIHORT, made this known during the inauguration of pineapple innovation platform in Owo, Ondo State on Tuesday, November 5.
The director who was represented by Dr Olutola Oyedele, Director of Research in NIHORT said pineapple was of national importance that has both health and economic importance.
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He said: “Pineapple can be used in the manufacturing companies for the production of juice and flavouring of other finished products such as candies, biscuits, infant cereals and many other things.
“It is also loaded with the nutrients and contains disease – fighting antioxidants. High intake of pineapple speeds up recovery after surgery and also helps to reduce the risk of cancer.”
Olaniyan explained that inauguration of the platform would enable stakeholders to optimally utilise the socio-economic benefits of pineapple value chain
“As part of keying into the Economic Recovery Growth Plan of the Federal Government, NIHORT has 10 institutional projects covering different commodity crops to address various challenges of national concern.
“One of such is Project 7 which borders on selected horticultural innovation platforms for learning and exchange of ideas among stakeholders.
“At the inception of the project, the institute, through its team of competent research scientists, interacted with relevant stakeholders in the pineapple value chain through a survey.
“The result of this has revealed the strength, weakness and opportunities in pineapple value chain in Ondo State.
“As a follow up, we are inaugurating this platform today
“And I implore you to take full advantage of this opportunity and synergise within the platform in order to achieve the socio-economic dividend of the pineapple value chain.”