FUNAAB, Federal College Of Agriculture Collaborate On Cassava Value Addition
ABOUT 200,000 smallholder farmers has been awarded a grant to help them sell two million tonnes of cassava roots from which processed products like high quality cassava flour, chips for animal feed and cassava starch would be made. It would cover countries such as Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania, Uganda and Malawi.
In this arrangement known as Cassava: Adding Value for Africa Phase II (CAVA II), the Federal College of Agriculture, Akure has been awarded a grant by the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta for a five-year period beginning on the 1st April, 2014 to March 31st 2019.
Consequent upon this engagement, the Federal College of Agriculture, Akure is expected to work with the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta and a host of other partners including Ondo State cassava value chain actors to meet the poverty reduction objective of the project.
Provost of the Federal College, Dr. Samson Adeola Odedina said that the choice of the institution is informed by its relevance in the cassava sector and its commitment to providing leadership in value chain activities and development in the country.
The College is also expected to identify with current effort of the Team on Cassava Value addition (HQCF and other traditional cassava value chain) of the Agricultural Transformation Agenda of the Federal Government.
Stakeholders and value chain operators in Ondo State are expected to benefit from this collaboration.