Project partners with company on cassava chips production

by Ene Okwanihe

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The project Green Innovation Programme of the Agriculture and Food sector Nigeria (GIAE) implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and Pacific Ring Europe (PRE) has launched the strategic alliance ‘’Cassanovas  from Roots to Chips Made in Nigeria’’ project.

The strategic alliance project is in line with efforts to end post harvest loses, create jobs and generate more revenues for the agriculture sector and boost the country’s GDP.

Nigeria as one of the largest cassava producing countries in the world has the potentials of earning huge foreign exchange from the commodity.

Over the years cassava production has suffered post harvest loses as a result of not exploiting the commodity’s large value chain.

The “Cassanovas-from Root to Chips Made in Nigeria” is a variety of chips made out of cassava which offers variety  flavours ranging from different varieties of spices for chips lovers in Nigeria and around the world.

Cassanova Cassava chip is listed as the first Nigerian snack food in the history of Edeka a chain of supermarket and stores in Europe.

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in Nigeria Dr. Muhammed Umar said the collaboration between the two parties is a welcome development for Nigeria and Germany.

Dr. Umar urged Nigerian investors to collaborate with foreign investors and bring them into Nigeria to establish their business thereby boosting job opportunities in the country.

He said the innovation will also further boost Nigeria’s quest to attain Food sufficiency and Food Security.

Mr. Thomas Hirsch, the Chief Executive Officer of Pacific Ring West Africa said the project is all inclusive as everybody in the value chain is participating.

He said the company needs to make sales and if it does, the farmers will also benefit from it as there will be higher demand for raw material which is cassava.

Mr. Hans-Ludwig Bruns, the GIZ Cluster coordinator for Sustainable Economic Development  said the partnership and the project is about creating meaningful jobs.

Bruns said this is GIZ’s first Nigerian/German Corporation and it intends to harness talents from Nigeria and Germany so they can learn from each other.

This is one of our first German/Nigerian Corporation.The point is we want to use the talents of our people, we want to use the talents of the Nigerian people and German People .We both will like to learn from each other and not only create jobs but we also want to create income for the people here in Nigeria”