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Cassava Farms

Cassava

Cassava is a very important root crop in Nigeria. This is because it is a high yielding durable plant which is able to grow under a variety of climatic and soil conditions including low fertility and high acidity. It performs different roles for different people. It serves as a rural staple food, drought reserve crop, an industrial raw material and a foreign exchange earner. It grows on poor and marginal soils on which other crops are unable to survive. It is relatively easy to produce. Among root and tuber cultivated in Nigeria cassava is the most economic crop, once the crop is established, it has no critical period when lack of rain will cause crop failure. It is high yielding, giving high returns. Its harvesting is flexible because it can be staggered for up to three years depending on the variety. Fresh cassava roots are bulky to transport. The quality of the roots is likely to deteriorate 2-3 days of harvesting. Most of the commercial cassava processing factories operate on fifty percent of their capacity or have totally short down due to shortage of fresh tubers.

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