By Caleb Onwe
June 16, 2017
Effort by both government and other stakeholders to boost cassava production in Nigeria may have paid off, as six states across the country are set to benefit from the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) new cassava mechanisation project.
The states already selected to be among the first set of beneficiaries of the project, are Niger, Benue, Taraba, Ebonyi, Anambra and Ogun.
According to the AATF Senior Manager, Business Development and Team Lead of the cassava Mechanization and Agro Processing project (CAMAP), George Marechera, the partnership that supports this project is meant to address major constraints faced by farmers. These include but not limited to drudgery, low yield and linkage to market opportunities for their crops.
He said: “This equipment will expand the frontiers of cassava mechanisation in Nigeria and bring about efficiency in production that will lead to high yield.”
Farmers who have been exposed to this equipment have recorded up 30 tonnes per hectare as against an average of 8 tonnes hitherto,” Marechera said.