A new cassava cultivation technology (greenhouse technology) has been put into operation at Olusegun Obasanjo Farms, Owiwi, Ewekoro Local Government Area, Ogun State.

“The new technology has the capacity to produce around three million cassava seedlings a year,” Kehinde Akinyemi, special media assistant to former President Olusegun Obasanjo, revealed in a statement.

According to him, the new technology places the country behind the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), making it the second in Africa to have a new agricultural technology on the continent.

Said the project; The semi-autotrophic hydrophonic facility for cassava stalk multiplication, under the Technology for African Agricultural Transformation project, is in partnership with IITA and was first introduced in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, accepted and adopted by the government in the practice.

He explained that it was during the visit of the former Nigerian president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, to the president of the Central African country, Felix Antoine Tshisekedi, last year, that the idea of ​​implementing the new green cassava technology was brought to Nigeria.

At the commissioning ceremony, Obasanjo praised IITA under the leadership of its outgoing Director General, Dr. Nteranya Sanginga, for its vision of bringing the technology to Africa.

The former president assured that “as we see that it is evolutionary, we are taking the research product and taking it commercially to produce for our needs and those of others.

“This is a technology that can grow cassava and obtain the maximum level. This particular species can give you 30 tons per hectare and we are working with the consultant on that,” said Obasanjo.

Obasanjo Farms CEO Dr. Adeyemo Jamiyu praised the former president for his vision of agriculture, emphasizing, “Baba today sees agriculture as an agribusiness and what we are witnessing today is just part of that. that vision that for an agricultural business to create wealth and employment, elements of science must be incorporated.

“Baba has linked cassava production with science by investing in this project to further empower millions of cassava farmers in the country. And for that to happen, there must be that part of the science that is being incorporated into agriculture. So today we are looking at that aspect of the breeding operation in the crop sector with cassava as a reference point,” Adeyemo said.

During the tour of the facilities, guests were shown how pathogen-free cassava stalks are multiplied with an emphasis on their genetic potential and no stress in handling with respect to transportation.