Zambia Atomic Agency Director General Roland Msiska says Zambia on average makes losses amounting to 30 percent on Agricultural produce per year due to lack of adequate technology to properly store and preserve agricultural products..
Speaking as one of the panelists in Russian on the sidelines of the Russia Africa Summit dubbed “the Contribution of Nuclear Technologies in the Development of Africa “,Dr. Msiska said the losses incurred could have been avoided if Zambia had nuclear radiation facilities that would help preserve agriculture products especially for export.
Dr. Msiska further said it was difficult for Zambian mangoes to be exported out of the country even after value addition as they had a high fibre content that could be used reduced through the use of radiation facilities.
He further emphasized that Government was committed to embracing nuclear science and was contemplating adding nuclear science in the school curriculum.
And on the construction of a Nuclear Power plant, Dr. Msiska said it will take about 10 to 15 years for Zambia to come up with the power plant as a lot of mechanisms had to be put in place before this could be done.