The federal government has inaugurated a multi-million naira cassava processing plant in Nkalagu, Ebonyi state.
Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnia Onu, who inaugurated the project Monday in Nkalagu, Ebonyi said the industry would generate employment for youths and women of the area.
Onu who was on a facility tour of some federal government projects in the state, described the project as laudable and would produce 10 different products from cassava materials.
The factory is built at a cost of over N100 million.
“The factory will produce items such as starch, garri, cassava flour, mushroom, glue gum, among others,’’ he said.
The minister said the cassava factory will help develop and promote entrepreneurship in the area, state and the country in general.
“The industry will be of tremendous importance to the growth of agriculture and encourage food security in the country.
“It will also boost the country’s foreign reserves, while bread baked from the cassava flour would have immense health benefits,’’ Onu said.
The minister noted that the factory was a landmark toward the development and empowerment of women and youths and would ensure that raw materials were of immense value to the community and state.
Onu noted that raw materials from cassava would be transformed into various industrial uses.
He urged the community to jealously safeguard the factory in order to attract more federal presence in the area.
The Director-General, Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi, Prof. Gloria Elemo, described the project as laudable, adding that cassava and the by-products would be put into various uses.
“Garri processed in the factory would have local and international benefits.The industry would also act as a training ground for the women and youths and it is expected to save the country about N163 billion,’’ she said.