3m cas­sava farm­ers to ben­e­fit from CAMAP

Daily Trust - - AGRICULTURE - By Ahmed Dio Agbo & Vin­cent A. Yusuf

The Cas­sava Mech­a­ni­sa­tion and Agro-Pro­cess­ing Pro­ject (CAMAP) is in­ten­si­fy­ing ef­forts to im­prove the liveli­hood of about 3.5 mil­lion cas­sava farm­ers in sub-Sa­ha­ran Africa through pro­vi­sion of pro­duc­tion tech­nolo­gies and other sup­ports that make farm­ing at­trac­tive and prof­itable.

Dis­clos­ing this to our re­porters in an in­ter­view in Abuja, the Nige­ria Coun­try Co­or­di­na­tor of CAMAP, Mr Abu Umaru, said the pro­ject which tar­gets eight coun­tries has since taken off in Nige­ria, Zam­bia and Uganda and will also be im­ple­mented in An­gola, Ghana and Liberia, among oth­ers.

“CAMAP a PublicPri­vate Part­ner­ship co­or­di­nated by the African Agri­cul­tural Tech­nol­ogy Foun­da­tion (AATF) and its ac­tiv­i­ties are sup­ported with fund­ing from UK aid from the UK gov­ern­ment. In Nige­ria, it is be­ing im­ple­mented in four states; Osun, Ogun, Kogi and Kwara and now mov­ing to Oyo state,” the Co­or­di­na­tor stated.

Ac­cord­ing to him, a to­tal of 553 cas­sava farm­ers have ben­e­fit­ted in the four states, while 322 ben­e­fi­cia­ries have al­ready been iden­ti­fied in Oyo state where about 1,000 hectares have been ear­marked for cul­ti­va­tion.

“A to­tal of about 3,000

is hectares have been cul­ti­vated be­tween 2013 and 2015 with av­er­age yield of 28 to 30 tons per hectare as against the pre­vi­ous low yield of about 10 tons per hectare.

“We bring the farm­ers to­gether on the same farm for easy mech­a­ni­sa­tion and sup­port each farmer in the ini­tial year with four bags of fer­til­izer per hectare, 50 bun­dles of cas­sava stems per hectare and six litres of pre and post emer­gence her­bi­cides,” he dis­closed.

He added that the pro­ject ac­quired mech­a­nised cas­sava planter, which also ap­plies fer­til­izer while plant­ing, and mech­a­nised cas­sava har­vester among other equip­ment to as­sist the farm­ers, say­ing that the mech­a­nised sys­tem will at­tract the youths into farm­ing.

“In 2014, a ton of cas­sava was bought from the farm­ers at N16, 000, while in 2015, it was sold at N13,000 and the farm­ers made rea­son­able prof­its. We ar­range trans­porta­tion for them through part­ner­ship with trans­port own­ers among oth­ers,” he noted.

One of the ben­e­fi­cia­ries from Osun state, Chief Solomon Oy­erinde, told Daily Trust in an in­ter­view that the pro­ject has greatly as­sisted them and pro­vided so­lu­tion to cas­sava glut as farm­ers par­tic­i­pat­ing in the pro­ject sell all their pro­duce to the pro­ces­sors for in­dus­trial use.

Mech­a­nised cas­sava plant­ing

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