Monday, 11 June 2018

AFRICAN AGRICULTURAL TECHNOLOGY FOUNDATION PLANS TO TRANSFORM CASSAVA PRODUCTION

If you are contemplating going into cassava business, you have a reason to rejoice. This is because a non-governmental organisation (NGO) known as African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), is set to make cassava business attractive in Nigeria. It is working through Cassava Mechanisation and Agro-Processing Project (CAMAP).

CAMAP, funded by the United Kingdom Agency for International Development (UKAid), seeks to transform the cassava sector  in  sub-Saharan Africa by enhancing  commercial  production,  processing and market linkages based on business models that engender sustainability.

The CAMAP Project Coordinator, AATF, Ayodele Omowumi, said the project had opened a new vista for many cassava farmers in Ogun, Kogi, Oyo, Osun and Kwara states.

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The vision, according to him, is to build a sub-sector that creates a future where cassava farmers are economically bouyant, with enhanced livelihoods. Omowumi said weeds posed a serious threat to agricultural productivity and food security.

Cassava accounts for as much as a third of the total calorie intake for people in Ogun, Kogi, Oyo, Osun and Kwara states. http://www.tectono-business.com/2016/02/contemporary-step-by-step-guide-to.html This called for an urgent increase in funding, research, training, surveillance and other measures to help farmers. To this end, he said his organisation was urging swift action to tackle weeds  and other  issues affecting cassava.

AATF has held a cassava weed management training at Ayetoro, Yewa North Local Government, Ogun State. The training, organised in collaboration with the International Institute of tropical Agriculture (IITA) and Bayer Cropscience AG, aimed at training farmers on integrated weed management in cassava production. It was attended by farmers from Oyo, Osun, Ekiti, Ondo and Kwara states.

The training covered areas, such as land preparation and best agronomic practices, types of weeds, types of herbicides, herbicides application and calibration. There was also a practical session where participants were exposed to tips on application and spraying.

Omonwumi said the project was intended to change the situation by offering farmers evidence-based information that would help them make better choices.

“As AATF, IITA and Bayer Cropscience have come together: it is a unique conspiracy against weed control which takes about 70 per cent of the cost of producing cassava roots” the CAMAP project coordinator said.

He reiterated that the integrated weed management approach is dedicated to providing viable strategies and solutions to enhance agricultural productivity and secure cassava  supplies in the long term. http://www.tectono-business.com/2016/02/contemporary-step-by-step-guide-to.html Its aim is to strengthen the capacity of farmers and build a more resilient food supply chain.

The partners called for more concerted efforts to tackle the menace of weeds. They warned that unless weed infestation on field is addressed, farmers would not be able to maximise the gains of crop improvement.

Recently, commissioners of agriculture in Nigeria’s cassava growing belt decried weeds menace which they blamed for low yields in cassava and the main constraint to the competitiveness of cassava farmers in the country. http://www.tectono-business.com/2016/02/contemporary-step-by-step-guide-to.html

To stem the menace, the commissioners signed in a communique at the 2018 Annual Review & Work Planning Meeting of the IITA Cassava Weed Management Project themed: “(Unveiling of new Technologies for Weed Control in Cassava Farming Systems),” in Ibadan, in  March.

Deputy Director General, Partnerships for Delivery at IITA, Dr. Kenton Dashiell, said the declaration was a step in the right direction. “The first step to solving a problem is identifying and recognizing that you have a problem,” he said. (TheNation)

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