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Bayelsa starch factory ready for commissioning

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Douye Diri at the inspection tour of the factory located at Ebedebiri in Sagbama Local Government Area of the state. Photo/FACEBOOK/ govdouyedirinewmedia

A 60-metric tonnes cassava and starch factory built by the Bayelsa State Government will be commissioned soon.

Governor Douye Diri disclosed this during an inspection tour of the factory in Ebedebiri, Sagbama Council of the state, saying: “To meet the plant’s expected production capacity, Bayelsa people should engage in massive cassava farming.”

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Diri, who expressed satisfaction with the level of work accomplished, noted that due to its production capacity, the quantity of cassava produced in the state would not be enough for it to produce at full capacity.

He urged the people to go into cassava farming, as it would be a source of revenue generation not only to the state but also to the people.

He said: “This is an indication that our people have to go back to the farms as what we are producing now would not be enough for the factory. So, I call on all Bayelsa people to be very serious with cassava farming and production.

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“All the necessary tools and machines are here. We are talking about commercial farming so you can make money.”

Diri, who commended his predecessor, Seriake Dickson, for embarking on the project aimed at producing starch for industrial purpose, also thanked the host community for securing the plant against vandalism.

Speaking, Commissioner for Agriculture, David Alagoa and Technical Adviser on Agriculture, Helen Ajuwa, who conducted the governor round the factory, stated that it has the capacity to process 60 metric tonnes of cassava per day.

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