By Felix Khanoba
The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) is to develop new standards for some agricultural equipment and machines in order to give a boost to the Federal Government’s economic diversification agenda.
Director General of SON, Barr. Osita Aboloma, stated this at the opening of a technical committee meeting to elaborate standards for grinding plates, driving plates and grinding machine in Lagos.
A statement made available to The AUTHORITY by SON, said the Director General, who was represented by Acting Director, Standards Development, Mrs. Chinyere Egwuonwu, stated that the planned new standards will focus on mechanized process that utilizes mixing, grinding, chopping, separating and emulsifying equipment in production.
He stated further that there has been an upsurge in local design and manufacture of these agricultural machinery and equipment which in turn has caused an increase in variations in the quality of materials used in manufacturing or fabricating such machines.
The SON boss said the elaboration of the standards for agricultural food processing equipment and machinery is therefore to address the need for assuring the quality of materials to ensure uniformity in specifications and optimize end products in support of the government’s economic diversification programme.
“The development and promotion of these standards will assure the quality of equipment, service parts and their outputs and add greater impetus to the agricultural sector’s contribution to food safety in Nigeria, while also enhancing its foreign exchange earning capacity,” he said.
Responding, Chairman of the Committee, Engineer Ose Ochoga of the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria(COREN) thanked SON and the stakeholders for the confidence reposed him.
He promised to apply the basic rules in standards elaboration and urged the members to be professional, firm but flexible during deliberations in order to achieve consensus on the standards that would make their products acceptable world-wide.