Opara was conferred with the $100,000 award at the opening of the 26th Sessions of the AU Assembly of Heads of State and Government held at the AU headquarters.
His multi-disciplinary research team is the leading group worldwide working on postharvest practices that improve the postharvest handling, packaging and marketing of pomegranate fruit. Prof Opara is recognised globally as the leading individual researcher on postharvest technology of pomegranates. His research group also tests and develops packaging and quality control methods relevant to the handling and storage of fruits and vegetables such as table grapes, citrus and apples.
“It is an honour to have one’s work recognised on such a continent-wide scale, but credit should also go to my research team and industry for supporting my ideas and research interests,” said Prof Opara, who graduated in agricultural engineering from the University of Nigeria Nsukka.
It will be a meeting place for science and business , where all stakeholders in horticulture in Africa and beyond interact. Whether you would like to present a paper or buy or sell products, this is the place to be. The theme of the Congress is ‘Horticulture for improved livelihoods‘
This will be addressed in symposia with ample opportunity for all to be a part of the discussion . There will be a trade fair/exhibition to showcase the latest technologies and products in horticulture.
For more information, please visit the Congress website www.afrohort.org OR the website of the international Society for Horticultural science ISHS | International Society for Horticultural Science .