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FG to boost Cassava Production for economy

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By Abiodun Okunloye

120m metric tonnes of cassava will be produced to enhance the economy yearly.

Chief Uche Nnaji, the Minister of Innovation, Science and Technology, announced during a visit to the Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi and National Board for Technology Incubation (NBTI) in Lagos that the federal government intends to double cassava production from 64 million metric tons per annum to 120 million metric tonnes per annum in order to enhance the economic growth of the country. Accompanied by FIIRO’s director-general Jummai Tutuwa, the Minister toured various facilities, including the Cassava processing pilot plant, Engineering building, pulp and paper division, exhibition dome, and training pavilion during the visit.

Nnaji expressed disappointment over the lack of proper use of the institute’s food processing equipment, emphasising that utilising them would lead to a boost in food production and the generation of employment opportunities. The presence of Cassava machines in this place is promising. Nigeria holds the top spot as the biggest Cassava producer globally, generating 64 million metric tons each year. With the current capabilities, especially with H419, they aim to increase this number to 120 million annually, he explained.

Production will be revived with the increased use of technology.

Speaking further, he explained the importance of utilising technology to revive the production of plantain flour and highlighted the ministry’s commitment to supporting the agency in this endeavour. He also underscored the significance of domestic food production for the country. Research Institutes play a crucial role in shaping the economic landscape of the nation, which, when adequately funded and well utilised, will in turn drive growth, encourage innovation, and generate employment opportunities, according to Nnaji.

He emphasised the importance of embracing innovation, science, and technology in order to propel the country towards progress. Advancing economic development is crucial, and there is no doubt about it. He stressed the need for increased funding for institutions like FIIRO to ensure that research efforts are able to come to fruition. The Minister stressed the importance of boosting the country’s production, stating that it is crucial to generate foreign exchange through exports instead of relying on imports.

An increase in revenue and the creation of jobs will be achieved.

It was emphasised that by making this decision, it would lead to a substantial decrease in import costs, an increase in revenue, the creation of jobs, and an improvement in the quality of life for the people of Nigeria. Similarly, the head of FIIRO, Jummai Tutuwa, stated that they are actively working towards their main goal of speeding up industrialisation in Nigeria. They have also been successful in creating technologies that support the growth of entrepreneurship.

Technology plays a crucial role in modern agriculture production by improving efficiency, productivity, and sustainability. It has influenced most farming practices and eliminated manual labour. Equipment like GPS-guided tractors and drones allows farmers to monitor and manage their fields more efficiently. This helps in reducing input costs, optimising resource use, and increasing yields. Machinery such as combine harvesters, irrigation systems, and automated planting equipment help farmers save time and labour, increasing overall productivity and profitability.

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Moreover, it helps farmers adopt more sustainable practices by reducing water usage, minimising chemical inputs, and improving soil health. This leads to healthier crops, reduced environmental impact, and long-term sustainability. It enables farmers to access markets more easily through online platforms, mobile apps, and e-commerce. This allows them to reach a wider customer base, negotiate better prices, and improve their income. All of these play a crucial role in modern agriculture production by helping farmers increase efficiency, productivity, and sustainability, ultimately leading to better food security and economic growth.

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