Cassava (Manihot esculenta) production is vital to the economy of Nigeria as the country is the world’s largest producer of the commodity. The crop is produced in 24 of the country’s 36 states. In 1999, Nigeria produced 33 million tonnes, while a decade later, it produced approximately 45 million tonnes, which is almost 19% of production in the world. The average yield per hectare is 10.6 tonnes.
In Nigeria, cassava production is well-developed as an organised agricultural crop. It has well-established multiplication and processing techniques for food products and cattle feed. There are more than 40 cassava varieties in use. Cassava is processed in many processing centres and fabricating enterprises set up in the country. But here is a young lady using cassava in an amazing way.
Meet Atinuke Lebile who packages Plantain Flour
My name is Atinuke Lebile, I am the COO/ Production Manager of Cato Foods and Agro-allied Global Concepts, the producer of Catobits (Cassava Snacks), Cato VitAgarri, Catofufu, Catocustard among others.
I am also the Strategist Officer for Ogunmod Farms and Farmers’ Academy and the Director of La’luce Foods and Integrated Services. These organisations are committed to Food Security, agricultural value addition and bringing convenience to post-harvest products.
I studied Agricultural Science at the University of Ilorin. I am highly passionate about agriculture so I geared my passion towards the need to do farming (Agriculture) in a more lucrative and attractive way.
I strongly believe Agriculture is the real thing and needs to be attractive and seen as a hobby to young people like me because we are the future of Africa.