The Katsina State Government under the leadership of Governor Aminu Bello Masari mulls the idea of construction of three cassava processing factories in the three senatorial zones of the state.
This was disclosed to newsmen in Katsina by the state’s Commissioner of Commerce, Industry and Trade, Alhaji Abubakar Yusuf m when he received the national leadership of the Cassava Farmers Association who paid him a courtesy visit in his office.
According to the Commissioner, the state government will also provide jobs for at least 300,000 people across the state along the value chain of the cassava production which will include cassava farmers, processors, traders, and other players.
He said this would be achieved through collaboration with the federal government in the next round of CBN’s anchor-borrowers programme for farmers in the country.
The commissioner urged farmers in Katsina State to embrace cassava farming in order to benefit from the federal government’s intervention in cassava production.
In his remarks, the National President of Cassava Farmers Association of Nigeria, Mr. Tunde Adewunmi, advised government to explore cassava production and processing in its quest to find alternative sources of national revenue aside oil.
He said the federal government through the Central of Bank of Nigeria has expressed willingness to assist cassava farmers across the country, in order to explore the economic potentials of cassava.
Mr. Adewunmi urged farmers in the northern part of the country to accord priority to cassava in view of the ease and economic cost of its production in the region.