AllAfrica.com - Washington,USA, 23 March 2009
by Alexandra Mede
Abuja — International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a United Nations organ, weekend unveiled plans to support cassava production in Nigeria with the sum of $10 million (about N1.45 billion). The support is billed to come under the Root and Tuber Expansion Programme (RTEP) of the Federal government.IFAD Regional Portfolio Adviser for West and Central Africa, Perecent Ange, made this known in a statement in Abuja on Sunday.
According to Ange who had just completed a field mission to access the impact of the root and tuber expansion programme in Nigeria, the new spending plan on cassava production is in addition to a similar amount already spent on the production since inception.
"To this end, about 300 mini cassava processing centres are to be established in the country in addition to the 220 in existence. Under the initiative, three integrated cassava plants are to be established in three states in the country. They are Ogun, Kogi and Imo states respectively," he said.