Ogun launches 10 hectares cassava pilot farm

Published on farmlandgrab.org, April 9, 2014.

(Note: This project with Thai Farms International, a subsidairy of Flour Mills of Nigeria, is part of the G8 New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition framework agreement with Nigeria).

The agricultural transformation policy of the Ogun State government will soon get a major boost as the state governor, Ibikunle Amosun launches a 10-hectare cassava pilot farm promoted by Caterina de’ Medici Africa Projects Ltd (CDMA) at Ikenne.  

The pilot farm, which will serve as a prelude to a bigger 4,000 hectares cassava farm to be supported by Thai Farms International Ltd and other investors, is supported by the c) and several local banks.

Foluke Michael, principal partner of CDMA, said the project will adopt modern farming methods, conduct training for local farmers, supply the farmers with agro-chemical to improve farm yield, and provide other extension services to all its partners.

“The partnership with the state will also help to build public infrastructure changes in agricultural policy,” she said.

The Ogun State government is supporting the programme with a total of 4,000 hectares of land, which it has allocated to CDMA, in the belief that the large population of smallholder farmers and entrepreneurs in the state will benefit directly from the programme.

The governor is presently encouraging wide participation of farmers to ensure continuous engagement of youths in the host communities.

Michael said the programme, tagged “CDMA-NEXTT Initiative (CNI),” will contribute to food security and poverty reduction in Nigeria. The project seeks to generate massive employment, especially of youth in the immediate community, creates wealth though investment facilitation and opportunity for export of farm produce … //

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(Thai Farms International Ltd is a subsidiary of Flour Mills of Nigera Plc. A Wikileaks released investigative report by FTI Consulting indicates that Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc is 51.59% owned by Excelsior Shipping Company Limited, which is believed to be a Liberian registered company owned by George Coumantaros and his family, a “well-connected Greek-U.S. shipping family”).

Links:

Ogun State:

  • official Website;
  • on en.wikipedia is a state in western Nigeria. It borders Lagos State to the South, Oyo and Osun states to the North, Ondo State to the east and the republic of Benin to the west. Abeokuta is the capital and largest city in the state …;

Cassava on en.wikipedia (Manihot esculenta), is also called manioc, yuca, balinghoy or kamoteng kahoy (in the Philippines), mogo (in Africa), mandioca, tapioca-root (predominantly in India) and manioc root, a woody shrub of the Euphorbiaceae (spurge) family native to South America, is extensively cultivated as an annual crop in tropical and subtropical regions for its edible starchy tuberous root, a major source of carbohydrates. It differs from the similarly spelled yucca, an unrelated fruit-bearing shrub in the Asparagaceae family. Cassava, when dried to a powdery (or pearly) extract, is called tapioca; its fermented, flaky version is named garri …;

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