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Land allocation to boost Delta cassava production

03 September 2013, 18:05

Abuja - The  Delta State government has made available 6 000 hectares of land to the Agriculture Transformation Agenda of the Nigerian Government, paving way for the implementation of the ambitious mechanized cassava farm in Abraka.

The organization also received a 20-hectare farmland for high quality cassava flour factory.

Delta State Governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan, said the initiatives, while boosting production of cassava production, would address unemployment.

He commended the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development for what he described as uncommon passion for food security that has taken the practice of agriculture to a new level.

The Minister thanked the Delta State Government for the cassava projects and called on the other state governments to partner with the Ministry of Agriculture towards actualizing the goals of the Agriculture Transformation Agenda.

He cited the progress made from the Agbadu Project in Kogi State and called for more such success stories that would attract investors.

“Partnerships in Agribusiness will surely create growth, real development and alignment between the State governments and the Agric Ministry.

"It will address youth unemployment and empower farmers as in many developed nations,” Uduaghan said as he delivered the Certificate of Occupancy of the land to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Akinwumi Adesina in Asaba.

Nigeria is world's largest producer of cassava accounting for 19 percent of the total world annual output with a yearly production of 45 million metric tons. It is grown 22 states out of the 36 states.

- CAJ News


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