Cassava has been identified as one of the major crops that will generate revenue and create employment opportunities for many Nigerians in the wake of the dwindling economy of the nation.
This view was expressed by some stakeholders in Jalingo who spoke to Taravoices correspondent on government’s plan to diversify the economy of the country through Agriculture.
Farming has in the past remained Nigeria’s main source of revenue generation especially with the production of major crops such as groundnut, cocoa, rubber and cassava among others.
However with the discovery of oil, Nigeria shifted its attention to depending largely on exporting crude oil as the major source of revenue.
As the oil price continued to fall in the international market, governments at all levels are now devising means of diversifying the economy through agriculture with a view to boosting revenue generation.
Cassava as one of the major crops, experts say, if fully supported, has the capability of generating more revenue to the government as well as providing job opportunities for the teeming unemployed Nigerians especially the youth.
Speaking to Taravoices reporter, the State Secretary of the Nigerian Cassava Growers Association, Mustafa Hamman Abubakar called on government at all levels to support the farmers with the necessary farm inputs which he said will aid to boost production.
On his part, the State Chairman of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria, Biams Abdulrahaman Adamu also called on government to provide the farmers with improved variety of cassava, calling on youths to key into the government’s plan of diversifying the economy in order to reduce over dependence on government jobs.
He commended Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku administration for supporting farmers in the state through laudable agricultural initiatives.