FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PLANS TO REINTRODUCE CASSAVA BREAD INITIATIVE
According to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh has said that the Federal Government plans to reintroduce the cassava bread initiative. This initiative will encourage the use of cassava in production and processing of food in the country. It is important to note that this initiative was first implemented in the Jonathan administration.
Ogbeh said though Nigeria was the largest producer of cassava in the world, the country was yet to fully explore and utilize the economic and industrial potential of the crop.
The minister also hinted that the FG was working with flour mills to get them to add 15% of the cassava in the wheat they milled
He was optimistic that the initiative will help save a lot of foreign exchange that is being used to import wheat into the country and also encourage cassava farmers to increase their productivity.
He charged Entrepreneurs to be ready to invest in agricultural processing industries such companies that processed flour, bread, and other Agro commodities