NNPC to cultivate cassava plantations for biofuels

July 26, 2020 |

In Nigeria, The Street Journal reports that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation moved to cultivate 2,675 hectares of cassava plantations in Kebbi State mainly for the processing of biofuels (bioethanol) in their quest for cleaner, renewable energy.

This statement by the Kebbi state government committee on Biofuels, through its Chairman, Prof. Mohammad Ka’oje said that the scheme, a joint project between Kebbi State and NNPC, was jointly financed to the tune of N500 Million each, and 5,000 hectares of land was acquired for biofuel production. The state government, according to Ka’oje, was required to provide up to 20,000 hectares for cassava and sugarcane cultivation, while the NNPC handles the other productions.

Ka’oje told The Street Journal, “So far, 2,675 hectares have been cultivated and fully established. This is for the purpose of generating seedlings and raw material for a test run of the machinery.” He added that the NNPC would handle the land validation, feasibility studies, and soil testing and also interact with the necessary stakeholders to handle the project.

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