The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, has mapped out a plan to enhance cassava farmers’ productivity in the Niger Delta. Inorder to achieve this IITA has partnered with the National Root Crops Research Institute, alongside the Foundation for Partnership Initiative in the Niger Delta to initiate cassava seed system in a bid to foster the use of improved varieties of cassava stems.
The digital extension and advisory specialist, at IITA Godwin Aster, stated that the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the parties is a 5-year tripartite agreement initiated by the IITA Building an Economically Sustainable Integrated Cassava Seed Systems, Phase 2 (BASICS-II).
The five-year project, which is by the African Development Bank, is aimed at effecting a reformattion of the cassava seed sector by ensuring that improved varieties, of cassava stems are made available to farmers in the Niger Delta.
The project which is presently initiated only in Nigeria and Tanzania will soon kick start in other African countries.