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Obasanjo Farms commissions new 3million annual cassava plantlets technology in Ogun state

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has established new cassava breeding technology (Green House Technology) at the Olusegun Obasanjo Farms, Owiwi in Ewekoro local government area of Ogun State.
Penpushing reports that the cassava breeding technology, an idea conceived when Obasanjo  visited President of the Central African country, Felix Antoine Tshisekedi, last year, to implement the new cassava green technology to Nigeria,and its aimed to boost the country’s agricultural sector
The new technology, puts the country behind the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), making her the second in Africa to have such new farm technology in the continent, and can produce about 3 million plantlets cassava annually
Penpushing further reports that  project; Semi Autotrophic Hydrophonic Facility for Cassava Stem Multipication, under the Technology for African Agric Transformation project is in partnership with the IITA and was first introduced to the DRC, which the government accepted and adopted into practice.
The former President at the commissioning ceremony, commended the IITA under the leadership of it outgoing Director General, Dr. Nteranya Sanginga for his foresight in bringing the technology to Africa.
Penpushing also reports that Obasanjo assured that as it can be  seen  it is evolutionary, as are  the product of research is being taken and bringing it to commercial to produce for our needs and others.
“This is a technology that can grow cassava and get maximum level. This particular specie can give you 30tons per hectare and that is what we are on with the consultant,” Obasanjo said.
At full capacity, the screenhouse has the potential to hold about One million plantlets, which is planting materials for 50ha, and this volume can be repeated 2 to 3 times a year. So, this can produce about 3million plantlets annually,” he noted
Penpushing reports that Executive Director of Obasanjo Farms,  Dr Adeyemo Jamiyu extolled the former President for his vision for Agriculture,  stressing, that what was being seen was part of vision for Agriculture business to create wealth
 “Baba has at today see Agriculture as an agric business and what we are witnessing today, is just part of that vision that for an agric business to create wealth and employment, element of science should be incorporated. Baba has linked cassava production with science by his investment in this project to further empower millions of cassava farmers in the country”, he said
“And to have that come to past, there must be that part of Science, which is being incorporated into Agriculture. So today, we are seeing that aspect of the breeding operation in the crop sector with cassava as a point of reference,” Adeyemo added
Penpushing further reports that at the tour of the facility, guests were shown how pathogen free cassava stems are multiplied and emphasis on its genetic potential and stress free in handling with respect to transportation.
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