Sunday 28th May, 2017
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Bida Poly student makes new findings in Shea oil extraction.

Bida Poly student makes new findings in Shea oil extraction.

A research con­ducted by a fi­nal year student of Chemical Engineer­ing Department, Feder­al Polytechnic Bida, Reu­ben Ndubueze has shown that enzymatic extrac­tion of Shea oil from Shea kernel is the most effec­tive means of improving oil yield.
According to Ndubueze, the research was carried out as part of project for his High­er National Diploma (HND) programme.
While laying empha­sis on the importance and industrial uses of oil extracted from the prod­uct, he stated that “the oil serves as a major source of vegetable oil in the diet of common people”.
He added “the oil ex­tracted from Shea kernel as well as the by-prod­uct is also beneficial for food and non-food ma­terials as it can be use to make snacks and cakes. The oil can also be used for production of cos­metics, margarine and even detergents”.
Ndubueze said that enzymatic extraction is needed because new technologies need to be developed to overtake the disadvantage of the existing extraction meth­ods and that the process is advantageous in that oil yield is increased without the use of drastic opera­tion conditions such as high temperature and use of organic solvents.
The supervisor of the research, who is also the assistant examination of­ficer of the department, Engr. Abdullahi Yaka­tun said that the enzy­matic extraction is more faster, economical and can serve as a work force serving as a source of in­come to many communi­ties engaging in the exer­cise.
Yakatan explained that enzymatic extraction of oil from Shea kernel is almost the same way of extracting oil from groundnut, adding that “the researcher took a very giant effort by go­ing to Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi, Lagos, to obtain enzymes and carry out the research.”
 

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