The Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi (FIIRO) has trained 100 farmers in Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu State in various ways of cassava processing.
The empowerment was organised by a lawmaker, Dr Pat Asadu representing Nsukka /Igboeze-South Federal Constituency in Enugu State, South east Nigeria.
The Director General of FIIRO, Dr Chima Igwe said the training would enable farmers in the area to derive maximum benefits from processing cassava into different products.
“Before now, what these farmers know is only how to process cassava into garri but at the end of this training, they will be able to process cassava into seven different products.
“Some of these seven products are Garri, Fufu, cassava flour, starch, ethanol and other products in cassava valued chain which will increase their income as well as end post harvest loss of cassava.
“Nsukka farmers produce large quantity of cassava but experience post harvest loss but this training will put to an end to the loss as farmers will now know various ways to process cassava,” he explained.
Igwe stressed the need for beneficiaries to take the training serious to enable them to put into good use what they have learnt.