A cassava processing plant has been inaugurated by the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs (MNDA) in Igbotako in Okitipupa, Ondo State.
The plant is part of the Federal Governmentâ€™s effort at ensuring food security and creating jobsÂ forÂ youths in the NigerÂ DeltaÂ region.
According to a statement from the ministry, the Minister of State for Niger Delta, Claudius Daramola, whileÂ inauguratingÂ theÂ cassavaÂ processingÂ plant saidÂ the project was conceived to aidÂ diversificationÂ ofÂ theÂ nationâ€™sÂ economyÂ fromÂ oil.
â€œTheÂ project isÂ toÂ helpÂ inÂ providing foodÂ security,Â createÂ jobsÂ forÂ theÂ youthsÂ inÂ theÂ NigerÂ DeltaÂ region,Â makeÂ theÂ youths toÂ becomeÂ employersÂ ofÂ labourÂ andÂ addÂ valueÂ toÂ theÂ agricultureÂ valueÂ chain,â€ he said.
According to him, the processingÂ plantÂ hasÂ theÂ capacityÂ toÂ produceÂ 1.2 tonsÂ ofÂ highÂ qualityÂ garri ,Â oneÂ tonÂ ofÂ odourlessÂ fufu,Â 0.75 tonÂ ofÂ compositeÂ flourÂ forÂ theÂ bakeryÂ Â Â industryÂ andÂ 0.5 tonÂ ofÂ highÂ cassavaÂ starchÂ perÂ day.Â Â Daramola assured thatÂ moreÂ processingÂ plantsÂ wouldÂ be constructed in otherÂ cassavaÂ producingÂ communitiesÂ inÂ theÂ NigerÂ DeltaÂ region.
â€œTheÂ needÂ toÂ reduceÂ wastagesÂ andÂ addÂ valueÂ toÂ cassavaÂ necessitatedÂ theÂ establishmentÂ ofÂ theÂ modernÂ Â cassavaÂ processingÂ plantsÂ inÂ cassava- producingÂ communitiesÂ inÂ theÂ NigerÂ DeltaÂ states,â€ he said