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  • IFAD, AATF to boost 13, 000 farmers with cassava mechanisation programme
  • ABUJA-Over 13, 000 farmers in six states are to
    benefit from the International Fund for
    Agricultural Development, IFAD, and African
    Agricultural Technology Foundation, AATF,
    cassava mechanisation programme.
    This was disclosed by the Senior Manager,
    Business Development George Marechera, AATF
    and team lead of the cassava Mechanisation and
    Agro Processing project, CAMAP.
    Six states across the federation including Niger,
    Benue, Taraba, Ebonyi, Anambra and Ogun are to
    benefit from agricultural mechanization
    equipment which has the potentials of improving
    cassava production in the country.
    The equipment which include cassava planter,
    mechanised fertiliser spreader and harvester will
    be given to the states in set courtesy of funding
    by IFAD-VCDP.
    This development followed a partnership
    between the African Agricultural Technology
    Foundation AATF and the International Fund for
    Agricultural Development (IFAD) supported Value
    Chain Development Programme, VCDP, in
    Nigeria.
    This partnership is meant to tap into the
    enormous potentials in the Cassava crop and the
    resilient spirit of cassava farmers in Nigeria who
    have battled numerous problems across the
    value chain of the crop.
    Mr. George Marechera, AATF Senior Manager,
    Business Development and team lead of the
    cassava Mechanization and Agro Processing
    project (CAMAP) indicated that the partnership is
    meant to address major constraints faced by
    farmers, these include but not limited to
    drudgery, low yield and linkage to market
    opportunities for their crops.
    “This equipment will expand the frontiers of
    cassava mechanization in Nigeria and bring
    about efficiency in production that will lead to
    high yield. Farmers who have so far have been
    exposed to this equipment have recorded up 30
    tonnes per hectare as against an average of 8
    tonnes hitherto,” Marechera said.
    Prior to this acquisition about 300 hectares was
    planted in Ogun State to demonstrate the
    capacity and efficiency of these machines.
    The cassava mechanization and agro processing
    project is a public private partnership
    coordinated by the AATF with the goal of
    bringing together cassava product processors,
    farm machinery manufacturers and fabricators
    and government of participating countries.
    The project has the objectives of linking farmers
    to mechanization service providers, processors
    and in turn builds their capacity to engage in
    farming as a business based on best cassava
    agronomic practice.

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