By Adeola Ogunlade
The New Partnership for Africa’s Improvement (NEPAD) Enterprise Group Nigeria (NBGN) has referred to as for good insurance policies and investments in cassava manufacturing, saying it stay a significant catalyse for Nigeria’s export when the African Continental Free Commerce Space (ACFTA) takes off subsequent January.
The group acknowledged this in a communique signed by its Chairman, Nike Akanke, after a Webinar organised by the NBGN.
The occasion entitled: Enhancing the cassava worth chain as Nigeria seeks various to grease income, which featured 5 papers, introduced collectively finance consultants, farmers, authorities businesses.
They embrace the Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Psaltry Worldwide Restricted; Financial institution of Business Restricted (BOI); and Federal Institute of Industrial Analysis, Oshodi (FIIRO).
Akanke mentioned cassava, aside from being consumed domestically, serves as necessary uncooked materials to processing corporations with varied derivatives.
Nigeria nonetheless stays the most important producer of cassava with 59 million tonnes (20.four per cent world’s share) every year, she added.
She famous that the ACFTA, which takes off in 2021, offers alternatives for the nation to extend cassava manufacturing for export into different African international locations.
“The cassava worth chain in Nigeria is essentially weak, extremely fragmented and dominated by very small scale payers.
Nigeria is but to completely embrace industrial utilisation of cassava as obtainable in international locations that produce far lower than Nigeria, reminiscent of Thailand, Brazil and Columbia.
“Satisfactory industrialisation of the cassava is the one manner the nation can totally profit from the commodity as the most important producer on the earth.
Obligatory worth addition to the crop is not going to solely convey concerning the desired jobs and wealth however overseas incomes that can praise dwindling income from oil”, she mentioned.
She mentioned efficient Public-Non-public Partnership (PPP) is crucial for desired industrial utilisation of cassava.
She mentioned cassava is a significant crop that may present jobs for the youth and unemployed.
Cassava stays an necessary avenue to supply for the wanted income within the face of drop in oil income because of the new actuality on the earth, she added.
“There are lots of merchandise which have been developed and patented by Analysis Institutes, reminiscent of FIIRO, which might be ready for partnership and collaboration with non-public sector for commercialisation.
Outgrowers Programme is probably the most environment friendly scheme that may guarantee ample and high quality of high quality uncooked materials to processing firms,” she mentioned.
She mentioned there was the necessity to enhance on the agricultural rural extension providers for ample and efficient dissemination of knowledge to the agricultural and small holders’ farmers that account for over 90 per cent of the manufacturing. Info on proper strategies/applied sciences/practices; obtainable loans and help; obtainable markets; and so forth.