http://nalandacharitabletrust.org/donation http://invizaudio.com/?=why-is-levitra-so-expensive kamagra prescription cvs pastillas priligy when to take cialis 20mg follow site http://guidarini-salvadeo.it/?view=article African countries have been urged to scale up investment in the cassava sector so as to enhance productivity and commercialisation of the root crop in the region.
The call was made by Mr. Orin Hassan a Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Foundation during the opening ceremony of the Annual Review and Planning Meeting of the Cassava: Adding Value for Africa Phase II (CAVA II) Project in Kampala, Uganda.
Mr. Hassan explained that in order to achieve the goal of the Cassava: Adding Value for Africa project, which is to improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers; there is a need to expand investments in cassava production and create new markets where smallholder farmers can sell their cassava roots.
In his remarks, the Ugandan Minister of Agriculture represented by the Director Crop Resources, Mr. Okaasai Opolot, said that cassava is an important crop in Africa, particularly in Uganda, where the root crop is among the top five priority crops in the country. He pointed out that cassava is the most cultivated crop in Uganda after banana, adding that more than a few households in the country depend on cassava production as a means of livelihood.
He said: “Cassava is among the top five priority crops in Uganda. In our recent report, CAVA II Uganda has contributed to increasing the incomes of smallholder cassava farmers and community processing groups by linking the farmers to large scale companies.” He however advised, “African countries should provide an enabling environment for the production of the root crop which is capable of reducing poverty in Africa.”
The Project Director of CAVA II, Prof. Kola Adebayo in his keynote address at the meeting reaffirmed CAVA II project’s commitment to develop sustainable value chains in the cassava sector, so as to ensure that the project’s goal, which is to improve the livelihoods of the smallholder cassava farmers is realised.
Buttressing his point, he revealed that CAVA II project led by the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) is exploring the inclusion of cassava in livestock feed; adding that when the trials are concluded, the new market will stir up a demand for more cassava in the livestock feed industry.
Prof. Adebayo, also highlighted some of the progress the project has made in the target countries over the last six years. He noted that while CAVA II Uganda had successfully introduced dried cassava chips as an adjunct in the beer industry, the project in Nigeria had been very successful in both the flour milling and the ethanol industries. Similar landmark achievements are also evident in Tanzania, Malawi and Ghana.
In the same vein, the Chairman of Africa Innovations Institute, (AfrII) Prof. Otim-Nape, said that CAVA II, Uganda under AfrII is prepared to take cassava to greater heights. He however called upon Ugandans to prepare for a revolution in cassava transformation in the country, pointing out that the revolution has already started.
“I urge Ugandans and well-wisher to join us and be part of the revolution. To governments, we urge you to put in place enabling environment and incentive framework to support rapid cassava transformation in the country. For instance I do not see the rationale for incurring huge foreign exchange bills on import of wheat flour and barley when cassava can as well do the job. We need government intervention to absorb risks for those wanting to innovate in using cassava in making industrial products. In addition, tax exemption for those producing and using HQCF in industries is urgent,” He added
Similarly the Project Director of C:AVA I, led by the University of Greenwich, Prof Andrew Westby reaffirmed his commitment to support the CAVA project in order to ensure that the goal of improving the incomes of smallholder farmers is realised.