Cassava production could bring more cash to Nigeria

August 5, 2017 |

In Nigeria, cassava could become a focus for the country’s industrial growth and provide increased income from their 47 million tons of cassava tubers that are produced in the country each year. Currently, cassava is used for food consumption in the country, but could be expanded for industrial use such as biofuel, livestock feed, flour, wine, or any of more than 2,000 uses of cassava in the world.

“Nigeria is the largest producer of cassava tubers in the world but cassava produced in the country is processed and consumed locally in various forms with little set aside for export.,” University of Port Harcourt Professor Aloy Ezirim told All Africa. Ezirim is asking the government to make cassava a national crop and give it more attention to expand its production and potential uses.

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