The Federal Government said on Wednesday that it had registered 2,000 cassava farmers in Niger under the Growth Enhancement Support scheme.
The state Director, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr Bello Salihu, made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria in Minna.
“We have registered 2,000 cassava farmers in Niger State this season to benefit from the GES programme of the ministry, to ensure enough cassava for both domestic use and for export,” he said.
He said the ministry would register more cassava farmers in the state to benefit from the programme with free high yielding cassava stems and fertiliser.
“This is because cassava has become a major crop under the value chain which is used for domestic and industrial purposes and for export,” he said.
Salihu said through the Bank of Agriculture, the ministry assisted the association in accessing loans for its members, adding that for now, all direct acquisition and disbursement had stopped.
The director said the ministry was collaborating with Cassava Growers Association in the state to register the farmers.
He said that the ministry was partnering with the private sector to develop the country’s agriculture sector.