I Educated My Children With Cassava Proceeds – Farmer

Filed in News by on November 24, 2017

A 56-year-old cassava farmer, Idris Akawo, of kaffin koro in the Paikoro Local Government Area of Niger State, has said cassava farming has assisted him in raising funds for his children’s education.

The farmer explained that he could not shoulder his responsibilities until he engaged in cassava farming which he said had tremendously blessed his family.

“Before now when it was only yam that I was selling I found it extremely difficult to pay my children’s school fees, but now I make over N550,000 from sales of cassava every year and I have been doing this for six years now with assistance from my children,” he explained.

The farmer disclosed that a truckload of cassava is sold between N80,000 to N110,000 depending on the tuber size and market forces of demand and supply, adding that the crop is now being cultivated on a large scale in Niger State.

He explained that “the decision of the people to embark on large-scale cassava farming was informed by the realisation that between April and October, when old yam would have finished from the market and the new ones have yet to come out, people are left with nothing to fall back on.”

Our correspondent gathered that women are also involved in cassava farming and are already making a fortune from it.

It was learnt that no less than 30 truckloads of cassava leave the market in the area every five days with buyers coming from Kaduna, the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja and other neighbouring states.

A revenue officer attached to the market, who did not want his name in print, told our correspondent that over N150,000 is generated from the market every five days

He said, “Unlike in the past when it was only yam that generated revenue for the council, cassava business is greatly contributing to the revenue generation from the market.

“With the rise in cassava business these days, we are always busy round-the-clock unlike before when we would be doing nothing after yam disappeared from the market.”

Checks revealed that the council makes N1,500 as levy on every truckload of cassava that leaves the market, and N1,000 from every truckload of garri.

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