The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina, has stated the resolve of the Federal Government to turn cassava into gold in Nigeria Speaking at the commissioning of OAMSAL High Quality Cassava Flour Processing factory at Ayede –Ekiti, Ekiti State, on Thursday, 21st August, 2014, the Minister disclosed the plan of government to continually make funds available to support Small and Medium Scale Entrepreneurs to upgrade their facilities. The Minister said 35 Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) would benefit one million Naira each from the Cassava Bread Fund, to enable them achieve entepreneural optimum performance, courtesy of the fund made available by the Bank of Industry (BoI).
Dr. Adesina disclosed that government has started work on the 5000 hectares of land, saying 400 of the hectares has been located in Ekiti State. He commended Nobex Technical for producing locally fabricated equipment at the Processing plant . The Minister emphasized the need to create market for everything we produce, saying that the future of Nigeria lies in Agriculture. The Commissioner for Agriculture in Ekiti State, Mr. Jide Arowosafe, thanked the Minister for showing effective and positive leadership in the country. According to him, the minister’s leadership has been yielding positive results.
In his remarks, the Managing Director and Chief Executive officer of OAMSAL Nigeria Ltd, Mr. Femi Salami, stated that he resigned his work in the banking sector to be a young farmer and entrepreneur. He said presently, he is an employer of labour and has not regretted going into farming and thanked the Minister for his encouragement and desire to make life more comfortable for farmers in Nigeria.
The Minister also visited Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, where he undertook an extensive tour of the institution’s farm facilities, and expressed the readiness of the Federal Government to partner with the University especially in terms of entrepreneurship. During the tour of the farm, the Minister inspected the Preservation House, Moringa oleifera factory, fish ponds and a host of other farming interest in the university.
Source: FMARD Website