Association allocates N10bn facility to cassava farmers in Katsina



The Nigerian Cassava Growers Association (NCGA) has allocated N10 billion lending facility to Cassava Framers in Katsina State to boost production.

The State Chairman of the Association, Alhaji Hassan Danmarke, disclosed this in Katsina at the flag-off of the distribution of 250,000 bundles of improved cassava seedlings to farmers .

According to him, N3 billion out of the facility will be used to purchase cassava seedlings while N7 billion will be disbursed as loan to farmers in the state.

Danmarke said that the improved cassava seedlings were distributed free of charge adding that each beneficiary will receive N850, 000.

He said that the improved seedlings were provided by the Federal Government while 10 tonnes of NPK fertilizer were provided by Katsina State Government.

He disclosed that the association is making consultation for the establishment of cassava processing company in each of the 34 local government areas in Katsina state.

Danmarke commended the Federal and State Governments as well as the two emirate councils on efforts to develop agriculture in the state.

Thousands of Cassava farmers had been cultivating the commodity for several years in the state.

Nigeria to produce 200 million tons of cassava annually



The Nigerian Cassava Growers Association (NCGA) has said it is set to increase the country’s output by threefold to meet the rising demand of the plant from China.

The President of the Association, Segun Adewunmi, said the plan involves increasing cassava output to 200 million tons annually on 5 million hectares by the end of 2021, using a new growing technique and crop variety that yields an average of 40 tons per hectare.

“Chinese firms are demanding for Nigeria’s cassava pellets and we are positioning ourselves to meet this demand in the next three years; for instance, we just got an import request from China and other countries for 10 million tons of cassava chips” Adewunmi said.

Nigeria is reportedly the world’s leading grower of cassava, producing 57.6 million metric tons in 2017, exporting about 3.2 million tons annually and earning a record $136 million in 2013.