=== (AGENDAWATCHDOG) === Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, has disclosed that his administration was set to boost cultivation of cassava across the state.
The State Government’s plan was revealed at the inauguration of the Rivers State Cassava Processing Plant at Afam town in Oyigbo Local Government Area of the state.
Quoting the governor, a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Kelvin Ebiri, read: “The other day, I went to see one of my friends. I went to his farm of over 56 hectares of land. He is trying to cultivate cassava and I was very impressed.
“And I told him that government will identify and verify those genuinely involved and are registered as cassava producers. Apply to us that you want to farm one hectare of land for only cassava.
“Government will give them seed money to continue farming cassava so that there will be no problem of cassava supply to this plant.”
The project is a collaboration involving Shell Petroleum and Development Company, SPDC, the Dutch government and the Rivers State Government.
PROJECTED IMPACT: Apart from encouraging agricultural production and generation of employment, the establishment of the Rivers State Cassava Processing Plant in Afam, will also ensure that most manufacturing companies which import glucose, starch and other cassava by-products would source their demands from the new plant.