The Federal Government of Nigeria is taking steps to revive a non-operational cassava processing factory in Alapoti Village, located in the Ado-Odo Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State. This move aims to uplift the community’s agricultural potential and establish it as a major cassava supply hub for the southwestern region.
Alapoti Village is the second largest farm settlement in Ogun State and a vital producer in the cassava value chain across the southwest. However, the lack of a functional, mechanized garri processing facility has severely limited the community’s capacity to meet mounting demand.
As a result, the Federal Government, through the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, has deemed it necessary to intervene by constructing a modern cassava processing plant. This will empower the village to leverage its immense potential as a cassava source for major markets in Lagos and other southwestern states.
The Oba of Alapoti Village, Mattew Oluwaloni, commended the government’s initiative, describing it as the answer to long-standing prayers. He outlined difficulties like reliance on manual processing methods, poor access roads hampering raw material sourcing, and market access.
In response, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Betta Edu, pledged fully-fledged assistance through grants and cooperative groups to establish a befitting cassava factory and boost production capacity.
The minister stated: “We are dedicated to building a modern cassava processing plant, including providing grants and support through cooperative groups to enhance production capacity.”