Dr. Rose Ramkat
Lecturer - Moi University
Dr. Rose Ramkat

Providing affordable, environment-friendly and non-synthetic bio-preservatives.

Low profit margin from farmers due to post-harvest losses estimated at 40%–50% in fruit and vegetables. e.g the farmers are making losses ranging from 120,000 MT-150,000MT in Elgeyo/Marakwet County. Continued use of chemical preservatives for regulation of postharvest deterioration and prolonged shelf-life has led to harmful effects on human health, the environment and serious financial losses to farmers and businessmen.

About the Project

Research Summary and Technology

The rationale of this research is to enhance the scientific knowledge on food preservation measures by use of readily available materials to improve the sensorial attributes of fresh produce, storability and prolong their shelf-life which will enhance the quality delivery of quality product to meet the market demand and customer satisfaction. The edible- bio preservation product is offering solutions to customers by providing a modest, environmentally friendly product than synthetic preservatives. It will also enhance novel strategies in food market and food security as well as improve the life style of consumers. In addition, bio-preservatives product will promote profitability to the farmers and businessmen since the products will be less susceptible to rotting. It is simple to use and cost effective since the materials for production are locally available, does not require cooling which is a challenge in areas with no electricity.

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Dr. Rose Ramkat's Innovation

About the Researcher

Rose Ramkat has PhD in Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences from BOKU University, Austria; MSc and BSc degrees from Egerton University, Kenya. She worked previously for Ministry of Agriculture, Kenya in many projects including: National Agriculture and Livestock Extension Project, Njaa Marufuku Kenya, International Fund for Agricultural Development, Kenya Agricultural Productivity Project, and implementation of Rapid Result Initiative. She is Deputy Center leader and Principal Investigator for Africa Center of Excellence in Phytochemicals, Textile and Renewable Energy (ACE II – PTRE, Kenya) and a representative of International Association of Universities Cluster for UN SDG 12.

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