A Partner of HarvestPlus, an international agricultural organisation, Mr Pelumi Aribisala, says that Nigeria stands to gain a lot through the bio-fortification of crops.
He stated this in Ibadan during a training programme on bio-fortification for members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Akinyele Local Government Area, Oyo State,.
Aribisala explained that bio-fortification was a process of using conventional breeding techniques to infuse essential micro-nutrients into staple crops.
He said that HarvestPlus and its partners had developed, through bio-fortification, 25 different value added products in the country through vitamin A cassava and maize.
He advised corps members to exploit the business opportunities that were available in bio-fortified crops.
“You can engage in planting or production of vitamin A cassava and maize even while serving; you can also engage in garri production. Besides, you can produce odourless fufu, custard and other products from vitamin A cassava and maize; you can also supply fufu to restaurants and other places.The start-up capital for the business is small but it has several benefits; we have made the products available, especially for youths who want to engage in the business.” he said.
One of the corps member, who participated in the training programmw, Mr Eugene Igbaifua, expressed appreciation HarvestPlus for the training, adding that it had been very beneficial.
“I now know that I can be self-employed through crop bio-fortification; I can also make business plans on different businesses for any investor. I can do business plans for establishment of garri/fufu processing centres”
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