Foundation, farmers’ association hold cassava festival in Akwa Ibom
People, Environment and Sustainability Foundation, in collaboration with All Farmers’ Association of Nigeria (AFAN), recently held a maiden Cassava Festival also known as Usoro Iwa in Akwa Ibom State.
Sponsored by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and Champion Breweries, the festival aimed at sharing culinary skills and ideas, and showcasing cassava as a food source with high nutritional values.
Themed: ‘The nutritive wonders of cassava’, participants used the platform to showcase talents in different categories of cassava production.
Agricultural stakeholders in Akwa Ibom State and over 300 farmers participated. There was free distribution of improved variety cassava stems to far
the convener, Rita Robert Otu, in her keynote address, reminded participants that the cassava that was celebrated was Vitamin A fortified.
She also launched her first project tagged: ‘It all starts with one stem,’ which aims at strengthening communities and institutions to produce and consume bio-fortified crops.