With over 2000 jobs to be created, a new cassava village, targeted at youth and women will soon be launched in Niger State.
According to Niger State coordinator for The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)-Value Chain Development Programme, Dr. Mathew Ahmed, the idea behind the village was to lift cassava production in the state and ultimately create jobs for youths and women.
Some of the activities that would be taking place in the center include: peeling of cassava tubers as well as grating and frying.
Ahmed disclosed that N150 million would be needed to complete the project which is in Lokogoma, Wushishi local government of the state. He added that the state government had also shown its commitment in the project, having approved N87.1 million for its execution.
The construction of the village is presently ongoing and upon completion, would require services of marketers that would help in taking the village’s products to consumers.
Meanwhile, the International Fertilizer Development Company (IFDC) has promised to give free fertilizer to 112 farmer groups of the 350 farmer groups in the state.