Synergos Nigeria, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) has supplied equipment for the processing of cassava peels into livestock feed for Ojapata cassava production cluster in Ankpa local government area of Kogi state.
Victor Adejoh, team lead, Synergos Nigeria, disclosed recently in Ojapata that the intervention was part of the organisations waste to wealth support programme.
Adejoh hinted that the support programme was being carried out under the aegis of state partnership for agriculture and assisted by Bill Melinda Gate Foundation (BMGF).
He stated the equipment includes graters, pulverisers, sieve, hydraulic jerk and tasting pans pressure pump. Others were supplied by the International livestock Research Institute (ILRI), who are also technical partners for the programme.
The team lead noted that some members who were supported by Fadama to plant about 80 hectares of cassava had been trained in Ibadan, Oyo state on conversation of cassava peels into livestock feed.
“We are also providing support through our technical partners at ILRI to ensure that the community is able to handle these machines and address issues of quality,” Adejoh said.
“They will continue to provide capacity for the machine operators as well as many women who will be benefiting from the machines through the processing of the peels,” he added.
He explained that the Ojapata community and particularly, the cluster that has about 30 members were into production of high quality and industrial cassava, which is likely to generate a 08:21:05 of peels.
He said, “Through this innovation, Synergos is providing support to the production cluster and Fadama is enhancing the production of cassava. We are particularly happy that we now have off-takers of the cassava tubers at harvest, aside Crest Agro Products, other off-takers are springing up on a daily basis.”