In its bid to boost cassava production in Ondo State, Klick Konnect Networks has collaborated with International Institute of Tropical Agriculture and Bank of Industry to train cassava farmers in the state.
The aim of the partnership was for the cultivation of about 500 hectares of cassava to supply Cassava Modullar Plant which is under construction.
Also, the partnership is targeted at training over 1,000 smallholder farmers and connecting them with the market for their produce, thereby impacting their livelihood positively.
Speaking at the event, the Head of Business Development Units of Klick Konnect Networks International Limited, Mr Babatunde Samuel said the partnership would boost productivity of local farmers.
Babatunde said the training was meant to increase cassava production in the state.
He said the firm, together with International Institute of Tropical Agriculture and Bank of Industry wanted cassava farmers to see cultivation as a business and more profitable.
“Our goal at Klick Konnect is to make Ondo State the largest producer of cassava and we are trying to make this happen by leveraging on technology to organise, monitoring and empower farmers to cultivate crops that will meet the need of local processing companies so they would not have to depend on imported farm produce.”
“We have esterblished three Cassava Modullar Processor Factory located in Igbaraoke, Elegbeka and Omotosho area of Ondo state which will start operation by ending of this year”
“Farmers are expected to supply not less than 3,600 metric tonnes of wet cassava daily to keep the factory in operation”. He said
Also speaking at the Seminar, the Team leader of Klick Konnect CassavaRevolution, Mr Akinyinka Oladokun said the firm has already engaged some farmers in the state to plant cassava in large quantities and work is currently going on at different locations in the state.
According to him, the project is aimed at boosting the production of cassava for economic development of the state and the farmers.
“We have engaged some farmers to plant cassava in large quantities. Many of them are here with us for this training. Ploughing is currently going on in different locations as we speak and I can assure you that planting will start immediately after Ploughing and ridging.
“Our aim is to empower our farmers to get more profit in cultivating cassava and it is mechanised farming as we provides all the materials needed like tractor, herbicide, Fertiliser, cassava Stem and other farm inputs”
He however call on trained farmers to pass the knowledge to other farmers for sustainability and food security.
On his own part, the Representative of IITA Mr Kayode Oguntoye said that the training is aimed at empowering farmers with knowledge to boost cassava and maize productivity and yield per hectare.
He said the training would subsequently increase farmers’ incomes, better their livelihoods, and creates jobs for more people.
One of the farmers, Mr Johnson Olatunde said he had been cultivating cassava out of ignorance.
He said “I am privileged to acquire this new innovation to boost cassava production and hope the programme will be carried out to the grassroots for maximum yield. I thank klick Konnect Networks for this program and we will do our best to get good results.
Over 300 farmers across the 18 local government areas of Ondo State attended the training programme.