Future Nutritionists Visit
Thirteen third (3rd) year students and two lecturers from Boitekanelo College’s Nutrition and Dietetics Faculty this week visited National Food Technology Research Centre (NFTRC).
The purpose of the visit was to expose the students to food processing, fortification, enrichment, preservation and other duties that the organisation does to address community nutrition aspects.
NFTRC, Assistant Research Scientist, Kitso Koboyangaka briefed the students about the centre, its mandate and departments.
Kitso said the Nutrition and Dietetic Department has in the past been involved in projects such as Breastfeeding Study, Sorghum Fortification Feasibility Study, Efficacy Trial, Food Consumption Survey and Nutritional Evaluation of Common Dishes.
He said the department is currently working on Botswana Indigenous Food Compositions, Feasibility Study on Botswana Health & Nutrition Survey (BOTHANES), Iron Study, Assessment of Vitamin A status of Children and the Pilot Study on Body Composition Analysis using the BOD POD.
Boitekanelo College, Nutrition Lecturer, Mrs Olebogeng Petrus said her institution would like to be involved in some NFTRC projects such as BOTHANES.
One of the students, Ms Marilyn Lelaka said she was impressed by the Nutrition and Dietetics Lab, especially the BOD POD as she never thought she could come across one in Botswana.
She added that she was also baffled by the ‘’intelligent” Food Technology`s blow molding machine used for making plastic bottles from test tubes or parisons.