Cassava Farming To Generate N20trillion For Nigeria

Cassava Farming To Generate N20trillion For Nigeria

Cassava Farming To Generate N20trillion For Nigeria

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The National President of Nigerian Cassava Growers Association, Mr. Segun Adewumi, has said cassava can generate over N20 trillion for Nigeria annually if adequately utilised.
The Association boss in an interview with reporters in Abuja, on Tuesday, September 13, said that cassava was one of the most reliable cash crops in the world that could also be used to trigger industrial revolution and solve Nigeria’s economic problems.

He lamented that the nation spent over N600 billion yearly to import ethanol and starch which were cassava derivatives that could be processed and sourced locally.

The national president said cassava has over 20 food types and three major industrial products like ethanol, starch and cassava flour which are raw materials for other products.

He said: “Government should pay more attention to cassava, it has been neglected. By the time cassava is accorded the needed attention, it will take over crude oil. We have been trying to set up industries that will utilise cassava for the benefit of this country.’’

Adewumi noted that modern cassava cultivation required mechanisation to meet up with international best practices.
He explained that making cultivable land available to cassava farmers would improve yields and create employment. (NAN)

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