Researchers are creating profitable venture for cassava production in Nigeria

Cassava is a very prominent crop in Africa, with Nigeria being the world’s largest cassava-producing country. As at 2014, the global cassava production was 215,4 mln tons. Out of this, Nigeria accounts for 20.3% making her the largest producer in the world. Cassava is a major source of energy for more than 2 billion people in the world especially in the tropical region. It is consumed by more than 500 million people in developing nations and about 300 million in the tropical countries. In Nigeria, cassava farming and processing into useful food items is a major source of livelihood to several families especially in rural areas.

Cassava mill effluent (CME), liquid waste generated from cassava processing is noted for its ecological hazard. To create a business opportunity out of this undesirable byproduct, the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) developed a high-quality cassava peel (HQCP) feed ingredients from wet peels. The intermediate product (60% dry matter, up from 30% in fresh peels) is safe for livestock to consume and stable for up to a week and can be sun-dried or heat toasted to a storable product.


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