The Presidential amnesty programme (PAP) is set to train 1000 delegates on cassava farming and starch processing in Bayelsa State.
The Interim Administrator of the programme, Col. Milland Dixon Dikio (retd.) said the training was part of hia Train, Employ and Mentor Empowerment Strategy
The factory where the training is scheduled to hold was built by the Bayelsa State Government at Ebedebiri in the Sagbama Local Government Area of the state.
According to Dikio, the 1,000 PAP delegates are expected to be trained in the cassava value chain and employed as outgrowers of cassava stems to feed the factory’s operations.
He said delegates would learn cassava cultivation, production, processing, equipment maintenance and other activities in the cassava value chain.
“This is a 60-metric-tons cassava processing plant. It has a huge capacity and it is part of the facility that we will use for our ‘Train, Employ and Mentor Empowerment Strategy’,” he said.
The Project Management Consultant for the facility, Mr Adebowale Ayoade, described it as the biggest industrial starch plant in Nigeria and the second-largest in sub-Saharan Africa.
He said the delegates would receive theoretical and practical trainings on cassava cultivation and management.
He said the factory would buy all the cassava from the delegates’ farms, adding that they would be certified by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture.