Every region in the country produces cassava as it is resistant to harsh conditions and serves as a cheap staple for most homes. Cassava has the potential to minimally replace wheat flour, a major component of Nigeria. This crop can be processed into starch, chips, sweeteners, fuel ethanol and High Quality Cassava Flour.
Agricultural Transformation Agenda:
According to the Agricultural Transformation Agenda, we have the following:
- Nigeria is a 1 Billion liter ethanol market.
- Nigeria is the second largest importer of rice with 2 Million MT of imported rice annually.
- 70% of Nigeria eat rice everyday making up to 40% of daily Nigerian diet.
One of the goals of the Agricultural Transformation Agenda is to shift the focus of rice processing from parboiled rice to milled rice. We need the President to state an explicit agenda of his government when it comes to rice, cassava, cocoa, oil palm, groundnuts and all the products that marked our early moments after independence?
This is a call to action for government to spend more on agriculture and actualize the Agricultural Transformation Agenda!
Can we just #doagric?
If your response is yes, join us in this call to action for government to spend more on agriculture. You can join in two simple steps:
Step 1: Sign the petition at www.one.org/doagric
Step 2: Copy, paste and tweet the lines below and lend your voice to the conversation.
The government needs to adopt more transparency and above all, give priority to agriculture. This is essential. #DoAgric
Cassava has the potential to replace wheat flour, a major component needed in Nigerian bakeries. Can we replace wheat with cassava? #DoAgric
Nigeria is 2nd largest importer of rice, globally. 70% of Nigerians eat rice each day making up to 40% of daily Nigerian diet. #DoAgric
We have large arable lands. Is it not time to stop spending trillions of Naira for food imports? Is it not time to #DoAgric?
How will we bring back our crops that made us a delight to the world? This is a call to action for government to just #DoAgric!
President Jonathan, I believe that it is time to provide youths with increased access to agriculture finance to #DoAgric. Do you agree?