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FG To Open International Market To Cassava Farmers

by Oba Samuel

FG To Open International Market For Cassava Farmers

Glory days are here for cassava farmers as Federal Government plan to link cassava farmers to export their produce to international market. FG To Open International Market For Cassava Farmers

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, said this at an Agribusiness Supplier Development Programme (ASDP) meeting organised by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Ibadan, Oyo State, yesterday as reported by sunnewsonline. FG To Open International Market For Cassava Farmers

Represented by Mr. Auwal Maidabino, Director, Planning and Policy Coordination in the ministry, Ogbeh said the linkage when actualised, would secure and inject more foreign exchange into the country.

The minister, who said that in 2012 the country secured and supplied 2.2 million tonnes of cassava chips to China, which earned it over $534 million, expressed regret that the business was not sustained.

He said government would continue to provide improved yielding cassava stems, disease resistant varieties, access to finance and markets to improve the country’s current market share.  He appealed to cassava farmers to improve cassava chips production and supply chain system to meet demands from other countries.  FG To Open International Market For Cassava Farmers

“To facilitate the attainment of this objective, we have put institutional framework in place to promote agribusiness and investments.  “We are working with donour agencies, financial institutions, and the Organised Private Sector (OPS), to build an agribusiness economy for food security, job creation and export for inclusive growth.   “In view of the potential that abound for export trade in cassava chips, I urge you to take advantage of this to focus on cassava chips production, standardisation and training to meet with market export requirement,’’ he said.FG To Open International Market For Cassava Farmers

Dr. Nelson Abila, an agribusiness specialist with the UNDP, said the meeting was aimed at bringing together stakeholders in the cassava value chain with a view to increasing productivity, expand profit gap and stimulate local economy along the chain. FG To Open International Market For Cassava Farmers

 

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