The Director General of the Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC), Hussain Ibrahim while appearing before a Senate Committee on Science and Technology has named the development of Kilishi technology for commercial use as a major breakthrough since the creation of the agency.
The Chairman of the Senate panel, Uche Ekwunife, had asked the DG “Can you tell us the local raw materials you have developed in the area of health, brewery, construction, science and technology or agriculture?”
“Just give us a synopsis of what you developed or generated for local industries. Tell us about your breakthrough.”
In response, the DG 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 production of sanitizers. Also from the same Sorghum, we developed other products like Glucose syrup, livestock feeds, material for breweries and starch.”
He concluded by saying “In our 30years 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 optimize Kilishi production. Research activities take time.”
A member of the Senate panel, Clifford Ordia replied him saying “Is this the success story that you are going to tell us after 33years?”