By Adeola Ogunlade
The New Partnership for Africa’s Growth (NEPAD) Enterprise Group Nigeria (NBGN) has known as for good insurance policies and investments in cassava manufacturing, saying it stay a serious 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 different to grease income, which featured 5 papers, introduced collectively finance specialists, farmers, authorities businesses.
They embody the Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Psaltry Worldwide Restricted; Financial institution of Trade Restricted (BOI); and Federal Institute of Industrial Analysis, Oshodi (FIIRO).
Akanke stated cassava, other than being consumed domestically, serves as vital uncooked materials to processing corporations with numerous derivatives.
Nigeria nonetheless stays the biggest 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, gives 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 totally embrace industrial utilisation of cassava as obtainable in international locations that produce far lower than Nigeria, similar to Thailand, Brazil and Columbia.
“Ample industrialisation of the cassava is the one approach the nation can totally profit from the commodity as the biggest producer on this planet.
Needed worth addition to the crop is not going to solely deliver concerning the desired jobs and wealth however international incomes that may praise dwindling income from oil”, she stated.
She stated efficient Public-Personal Partnership (PPP) is crucial for desired industrial utilisation of cassava.
She stated cassava is a serious crop that may present jobs for the youth and unemployed.
Cassava stays an vital avenue to supply for the wanted income within the face of drop in oil income because of the new actuality on this planet, she added.
“There are a variety of merchandise which were developed and patented by Analysis Institutes, similar to FIIRO, which can be ready for partnership and collaboration with non-public sector for commercialisation.
Outgrowers Programme is probably the most environment friendly scheme that may guarantee satisfactory and high quality of high quality uncooked materials to processing corporations,” she stated.
She stated there was the necessity to enhance on the agricultural rural extension providers for satisfactory and efficient dissemination of knowledge to the agricultural and small holders’ farmers that account for over 90 per cent of the manufacturing. Data on proper strategies/applied sciences/practices; obtainable loans and assist; obtainable markets; and many others.