Cassava Processing in Oyo

The Government of Japan yesterday approved a grant of US$ 97,023 for cassava processing project to Ifeledun Cassava Processing Cooperative Investments and Credit Society in Oyo town, Oyo State.

The component to be provided through the grant include: Cassava processing equipment, three graters, one flash drier, one hammer mill and one borehole with a water tank.

Presenting the grant to the beneficiaries in Abuja, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Japan in Nigeria, Mr Shigeru Hamano,said the grant which is under the Japanese Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) is to improve cassava processing in Oyo state.

He said the project is also to support the United National Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in Nigeria, adding that it hoped the project will contribute to community development.

Since independence, the Japanese assistance to Nigeria has amounted to about US4.2 billion (about 600 billion naira).

Under the GGP, 107 projects with a total amount of US$5,838,045 have been implemented throughout Nigeria since 1998.

Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Mrs Grace A Alade thanked the donors and promised to work seriously to make sure that the real objective of the grant is achieved.

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