FG Advocates Private Sector Support To Grow Cassava Value Chain

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Muhammad Sabo Nanono has advocated the need for private sector to drive production and growth in the cassava value chain in order to meet with local consumption and export demand.

Nanono, in a statement signed by the Ministry’s Chief Information Officer, Ezeaja Ikemefuna, said that there is need for the nation to leverage the potential of the value chain to achieve food and nutrition security as well as pursue its revenue generation drive.

He said, “The Ministry would create appropriate policy measures for successful production and distribution of cassava product to ensure availability of food and raw materials for industries.

The Minister, who received the project team of the Economically Sustainable and Integrated Cassava Seed System Phase 11 (BASICS 11), stated that the BASICS 11 project would transform the cassava value chain sector.

This, he said, would be achieved by promoting the dissemination of improved varieties thereby creating a hub of seed entrepreneurs across the cassava valve chain in the agric sector.

“The ministry will continue to collaborate with the BASICS 11 projects through facilitating capacity building of farmers in area of yield gaps ,strengthening research and development in diseases and pest control to improve cassava productivity among others,” he said.

The Director for Development and Delivery, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Alfred Dixon, in his remark said that the BASICS-II project aims to create formal seed system for cassava that links all players in the value chain.

He said, “The BASICS-II project intend to address the identified gap by creating a formal seed system for cassava that links breeder seeds with foundation seed producers and foundation seed producers to commercial seed entrepreneurs who will sell to the cassava root producers.

“Cassava root producers will subsequently process into various end products or sell surplus roots to processing industries in the Country.

“In this fashion, we will be creating jobs and income generation opportunities for young people that will serve as seed entrepreneurs and modern producers of cassava.”