The Nigeria Cassava Growers Association (NCGA), says Nigeria can save N2 trillion from the importation of wheat, if appropriate measures are put in place to boost cassava cultivation. Mr Segun Adewunmi, the National President of NCGA, disclosed this at the 1st Cassava Stakeholders’ Workshop organised on Wednesday by Covenant University, Ota, Ogun.
“Cassava can actually trigger massive industrial revolution if the Federal Government can address challenges confronting the planting of cassava in the country. “There are over 20 products that could be exacted from cassava; Products like ethanol, industrial starch, glucose syrup and sweetener were incidental raw materials for numerous utility items with limitless market potentials,’’ he said. The NCGA president said that the nation spent over N2 trillion annually to import ethanol, industrial starch and wheat into country and this is not healthy for the economy. He advised the Federal Government to support farmers by providing sufficient funds that could be used in carrying out research in tackling virus diseases ravaging cassava. Adewunmi said that the ability of the Federal Government to do this would boost foreign earnings and create jobs opportunities for the teeming unemployed youth. Read more