Nigerian farmers set to earn $136m from cassava export To China
Friday, 29 June 2012
Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Akinwumi Adesina has announced plans by the ministry to export 1 million metric tons of cassava chips to China in June, the export is valued at $136 million.
"Nigeria will earn 136 million dollars just this year as a result of this exportation and this is happening for the first time in our history ... We must use cassava to create a whole lot of things and that is why we must double our efforts on cassava cultivation in this country," he said.
The minister said this on Wednesday in Umuahia, Abia state capital at the inauguration of the Growth Enhancement Support (GES) scheme, a scheme which a vital component of the federal government’s Agricultural Transformation Agenda.
According to him, the scheme is an innovative approach to fertilizer subsidy administration through an electronic system which ensures that only registered farmers benefit.
At the event, Adesina reiterated the Federal Government’s determination to embark on measures that would boost the capacity of farmers in the country with more funds, empowerment packages, fungicides, insecticides and regular encouragement.