AATF Launches Cassava Mechanisation and Processing Project in Nigeria

The Representative of Oyo State Governor, Barr. Olasunkanmi Olaleye (3rd left) supported by AATF Executive Director, Dr Canisius Kanangire cutting the tape to open the AATF Cassava processing facility in Fasola. Photo: AATF

(Fasola, Oyo-Nigeria: April 26, 2024) AATF and partners have launched a new project targeting the mechanization of cassava production and processing that would assist Nigeria add value to the crop which the country is acknowledged as the world’s largest producer.

The project inaugurated by the Governor of Oyo State, Engr Seyi Makinde has the objectives of improving access of cassava farmers in Nigeria to updated information, knowledge, and skills, about modern sustainable technologies for cassava production, processing, and utilization.

It is also expected to assist smallholder farmers improve their productivity, incomes, food and nutrition security as well as livelihoods by reducing post-harvest losses and adding values in post-harvest processing.

Dr Canisius Kanangire, Executive Director of AATF said that the project aims to improve cassava cultivation, introducing a new technology to process cassava tubers completely and enabling new markets for cassava-based animal feed.

“The innovations involve mechanized cassava production and processing, farmer aggregation and the use of digital tools to demonstrate the economic viability of providing mechanized field services and improved processing technologies to smallholder cassava farmers in Nigeria,” he said.

Dr Kanangire said the project would also assist Nigeria match the domestic supply for processed cassava products to demand while enhancing the export potential of cassava products.

Engr Seyi Makinde, Oyo state Governor commended AATF and partners for situating the project in the state adding that the project which introduces a new value-adding cassava processing machine that utilises the entire crop without peeling has the potentials of transforming the state’s agricultural landscape.

The Governor who was represented by the Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Barr. Olasunkanmi Olaleye noted that: “Cassava is a vital crop for our economy and plays a crucial role in ensuring food security and sustainable livelihoods for our people. However, traditional farming methods have often limited our potential for growth and productivity. The introduction of mechanized techniques will not only increase efficiency and yield but also empower our farmers to thrive in today’s competitive market”.

Prof. Garuba Sharubutu, Executive Secretary, Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria in a remark hailed AATF for the initiative saying that the project has the potentials of impacting positively on the livelihood of smallholder farmers in the South-West Nigeria.

“The establishment of this agroprocessing facility represents a crucial step forward in our collective efforts to enhance value addition within Nigeria’s agricultural value chain. As we are all aware, value addition is a key component of our federal government’s aspiration to transform the agricultural sector and ensure its sustainability and competitiveness on both national and global scales.

The AATF agroprocessing facility is a testament to the commitment of all stakeholders involved in advancing Nigeria’s agricultural agenda. By providing a platform for the processing and transformation of agricultural produce into high-value products, this facility will not only increase the income of farmers but also create employment opportunities, stimulate rural development, and contribute to the overall economic growth of our nation,” he added.

The project inauguration which also witnessed the commissioning of a cassava processing facility had in attendance cassava farmers, processors, traditional rulers, and heads of national research institutions in Nigeria.

About AATF (www.aatf-africa.org)

Founded in 2003 to address Africa’s food security prospects through agricultural technology, AATF believes that the agricultural sector is a key foundational pillar as Africa consolidates its economic growth and carves out its new position as a major global economic powerhouse and the next growth market in the world. It was formed in response to the need for an effective mechanism that would facilitate and support negotiation for technology access and delivery and formation of appropriate partnerships to manage the development & deployment of innovative technologies for use by smallholder farmers in SSA.

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Alex Abutu, Communication Officer (West and Central Africa), AATF (Phone:+2348068701960) Email: a.abutu@aatf-africa.org