Food preservation is an age-old practice dating back to when our forefathers found innovative ways to preserve their fruits, vegetables, raw meats, and other perishables for days on end. These ancient methods included but were not limited to chilling perishables in natural coolers such as in streams and underground pits. Over the years with the advent of technology and electricity, humanity developed more convenient ways to preserve our foods and medicine, through our fridges, freezers, and similar cooling technology. Even with all this technology, many developing countries are still faced with a daunting issue, lack of constant power supply. This situation has led us to find other means to protect our essential perishables.
In Nigeria for example, despite our numerous resources, despite the different opportunities at our national disposal, the power supply in this country is not reliable and more so with current developments. In the past couple of weeks, most Nigerians have experienced little to no power supply from their power distribution companies, and a major surge in the price of diesel and petrol making it hard for millions of individuals and businesses to power the electricity-dependent cooling systems. Consequently, they are either unable to properly preserve their items food or incur more energy costs.
The lack of constant power causes a ripple effect because everyone at each stage of the value chain is adversely affected.
In a day, an average supplier/grocer would lose much of their produce or would have to spend a lot more than they would have to preserve their wares. This leads to inflation in the prices of items sold as they try to ensure favorable profit, making it hard and unaffordable for their customers and suppliers.
So how can we find our way around this problem? Well, that is where Ecotutu comes in. As a company that seeks to provide sustainable methods for millions of people to easily preserve their perishables, Ecotutu develops innovative cooling solutions. Basically, Ecotutu understands the liability of not having reliable power supply and has developed cooling technology that aids the average Nigerian to rely on their food preservation without a power supply.
The current state of our nation has forced us to seek other alternatives to preserving our perishables due to the lack of a constant power supply, and that is what we have done.