Nigerian agro-businesses receive American support to improve cassava production


Shine Bridge Global (SBG), a U.S.-based company says it is determined to partner with Nigerian agribusinesses to transform cassava into functional flour for making gluten-free consumer foods.

The company says the consumer foods are for humans and animals in Africa, North America and Europe.

SBG is a U.S.-based agricultural policy think-tank and food technology transfer company.

Dr Tony Bello, the Managing Director of SBG, expressed the company’s willingness to partner with other U.S. food and agricultural companies to transform cassava production in Nigeria.

We are determined to re-apply proven food science and engineering principles to transform cassava into the potatoes of Africa.’’

The managing director said that the company was already leveraging on strategic partnerships to unlock prosperity in Edo.

He said the partnership was being driven by Gov. Godwin Obaseki and the CBN Governor, Dr Godwin Emiefele and the technical services support of the Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing system for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL).

He said that the institutional partnership had been the key to the success in unlocking prosperity for 445 farmers to cultivate 667 hectares of cassava mechanised farms across three senatorial districts Edo.

Bello said that the partnership was directly improving lives and transforming food production for the world in line with the vision of SBG and partners.

Africa is rising and I am confident of the Africa industrial agricultural revolution is taking place in Nigeria,” he said.

He expressed confidence in the imminent export market and trade promotions between Nigeria and the U. S.

Nigeria’s latest efforts in transforming cassava root vegetables into high-value industrial food ingredients and convenient packaged food products for the global consumer markets was featured at the 3rd edition of the Feed Nigeria Summit (FNS) in Abuja.