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Challenges associated with the post harvesting of cassava in the Federal Capital Territory (F. C. T.), Abuja, Nigeria.

Oke, M. A. (2021) Challenges associated with the post harvesting of cassava in the Federal Capital Territory (F. C. T.), Abuja, Nigeria. In: Proceedings of the International Agricultural Engineering Conference,, 3-6 December 2007, Bangkok, Thailand,.

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: Nigeria is currently the leading producer of cassava in the world with production increasing from 33 mmt in 1999 to 49 mmt in 2006. Farmers in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Nigeria are faced with enormous problems in the area of cassava post harvesting. These include lack of necessary equipments, technology involvement in the preservation of the cassava, storage and processing facilities. If appropriate measure are taken, these will encourage young leavers to maintain the farms, whereby reducing the effect of migration of the youth from rural to the urban areas. Table 1 provides a data of the availability of processing equipment the problems are across some states in Nigeria. With preference to the table the populated farmers in the Federal Capital Territory (F. C. T.), Abuja use of 20 Prime Movers, 16 Pressers, 32 Grasses, 21 Fryers. This shows that majority of the cassava farmers' seek for more equipments to foster cassava production in the Federal Capital Territory (F. C. T.), Abuja. The highest user of prime mover is Taraba using 99 Prime Mover and the lowest less Prime Mover user is Nassarawa with 12 Prime Movers. Cassava farmers in the Federal Capital Territory lack the ability in packaging which can enable the rural farmers to export cassava product and get enough money for the cost of production and manage profit. While the idea of fabrication of different processing such as packaging, sealing machine sieving pulvering, fryer, pressing machine, chipping machine washing equipment. There are needs of post harvesting equipment such as double screw press accessories combined grater/chipper, double screw press pelletizer for soft pellet and hard, tray fryer, mechanical sifters. The cassava farmers in Kwali Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (F. C. T.), Abuja are making great moves in the production of cassava. The methodology used in packaging is very poor which indirectly affect the marketing strategy that could have facilitated large production to meet the market value and encourage the distribution of the cassava. The processing of cassava into starch, gari, fufu are hindered by the lack of the packaging technology and processing machinery which reduce the market value and the profitability of the cassava indirectly promoting exports initiatives across the globe. The interview carried out show that farmers are faced with timely distribution of the cassava to the market, this added to the cost of post harvesting because of lack of good mobile vehicle, the harvesting and large scale cannot be meant and the marketed cassava produce resulted into poor preservation and deterioration that makes few people to farm cassava. It means the harvesting period, that makes our farmers to convey it during morning at the bad Roads are making it difficult to successful carried on the marketing and ensuring the stabilization of the market price in which directly have an advantage to the markets or wholesalers who uses the opportunity to buy in bulk at the risk of the farmers which the prices will discourage more farmers to produce in large and reducing the competition of other crop produce in the Federal Capital Territory. Various methods are being engaged to foster the improvement of cassava cultivation in the Federal Capital Territory. The Cassava Association North Central Zone, which consists of Niger, Plateau, Nassarawa, Benue, Kogi, Kwara and FCT was launching on 25th January 2007.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: T Technology > TP Chemical technology
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Engineering Sciences
Depositing User: nwokealisi
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2023 13:59
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2023 13:59

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