Launch and demonstration of cassava bread initiative
AN ADDRESS BY DR. KAYODE FAYEMI, GOVERNOR OF EKITI STATE AT THE OFFICIAL LAUNCH/DEMONSTRATION OF CASSAVA BREAD INITIATIVE HELD IN ADO-EKITI ON MONDAY, 6TH AUGUST, 2012PROTOCOLI am profoundly happy to officially launch the Cassava BreadInitiative in Ekiti State at this event today. I am particularly excitedbecause this is coming at a time when the policy thrust of thisadministration on commercial agriculture is taking a firm root andindeed turning to a manifest reality. This event therefore is adream come true as it has once again proved to you, good peopleof Ekiti State, that every declaration of government since theinception of this administration is neither a mere sloganeering norstatement of intentions but practicable, purposeful and achievablestatement of fact.As we launch this Initiative today, Ekiti State has become the firstState in the federation to tap into the many economic andnutritional advantages of Cassava Bread after the recent launch bythe Federal Government.Our decision to take the quick step in this circumstance became anobvious policy option in view of the penchant of this government toexploit all available opportunities that would be of immense benefitto
our people. This is clearly evident in the revolution of producingstaple bread from Cassava. In the first place, we believe thatconsumption of Cassava Bread is healthy as it reduces to largeextent the injurious content which the white bread poses to certaincategories of consumers particularly those with diabetic relatedcases. We have always believed that healthy people make a healthysociety. The health of our people is of great concern to us as weconsider them as the plank upon which a developed state with allthe indices of growth is built. The Cassava Bread that is beinglaunched today will go a long way in this regard.Similarly, of great importance to me is the clear capacity of theInitiative to ignite industrial development which would invariablyexpand economic activities and create jobs for our teemingpopulace. You would recall that by the design of the 8 Point Agendaof this administration, 20,000 jobs are to be created by the year2014 through commercial agriculture. I am glad to note that thisInitiative is a right step in this direction.Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, since the Initiative is to makeCassava account for 40% of the flour content of bread productionin Nigeria, this, no doubt, is a great boost to cassava production onour farms. Our once disillusioned farmers can now heave a sigh ofrelief
as returns on their investment on the farm would become greatlyencouraging.With this development, our desire to make Ekiti State an industrialcorridor for the agro allied section of the national economy is adone deal. This will no doubt have a multiplier effect on the stateeconomy. It should therefore be seen that this singular effort woulddeal a further blow on poverty structure in our land as another stepto put the monster to flight in Ekiti State. I call on all farmers totake a full advantage of this opportunity to change their socio-economic status. Let me stress that the State Government is takingthis proactive step to make the State the first port of call after thecommencement of the revolution at the federal level.In the last one year, several cassava processing factoruies are inoperation inn the state. Vegafresh is currently producing cassav inorin.Daatco just signed an MoU with our government.I like to assure you all that the government will aggressively drivethis project for our people particularly the army of young farmers tomaximize its full advantages. I also like to emphasise thatnecessary support will be provided to make the Initiative a hugesuccess. As a matter of fact, necessary organs of government havebeen mobilized in this regard.
May I encourage the bakers who are major stakeholders in thisenterprise to begin to look inwards for the raw materials (cassava)that are in large and commercial quantity in Ekiti for their trade tomake the Cassava Bread Initiative achieve its desired result. I amsure this will also reduce the cost of production of the productconsiderably. We are also cocommitted to ensuring that masterbakers can access loans at low interest for use of our bakers.Itwould be seen from all fronts that our people stand a good chanceof a maximum benefit from the Initiative. This is consistent with ourmission of making governance people oriented and masses focusedin every step the government takes. In this case, there is nodeviation.Let me thank the Hon Minister and his team for the passionatecommitment to the agricultural transformation in Ekiti. Let me alsothank Mrs Foluso Olaniyan MD,UTC.Once again, let me assure you all that this Initiative would benurtured to an unmitigated success.It is now my honour to launch the commencement of CassavaBread Initiative in Ekiti State to the glory of God and the benefit ofthe good people of the Land of Honour.Thank you and God bless.