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viernes, 26 de abril de 2019

Cassarev involves local farmers in Nigerian cassava-to-ethanol project

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Cassarev is Nigeria’s first digital agriculture platform on cassava farming, aimed at empowering local farmers and families while boosting food production and sustainability in Nigeria. The initiative provides cassava farmers with modern farming techniques, intelligence technology, training, loans as well as it ensures logistics and market for the sale of their farm products. In its first year, it is expected to reach 4,000 farmers of the Ondo State.

Figure 1. Ondo cassava farm (taken from Cassarev website)

Cassarev is a value chain program designed to explore the many advantages of cassava towards the economic development of Ondo State and it will be the basis for the successful establishment of a cassava-to-ethanol plant in the region. According to a statement released by the Ondo State Ministry of Information last month, the facility being constructed at the Ondo / Linyi Industrial Hub within Ore Industrial Park will soon be ready for operation. The investment has come after a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Ondo State Government and the Linyi Municipal Republic during the visit of the Ondo governor to China last year. When completed, the plant will need 300 to 400 tons of cassava daily.

Figure 2. Cassava-to-ethanol plant under construction in Ore Industrial Park (taken from a post of the Ondo State Ministry of Information on Facebook)

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