In an effort to boost food production and generate employment for its citizens, Government of Akwa Ibom State says it would soon establish three cassava mills.
Making this known to newsmen in Uyo, the State capital, Special Assistant on Agriculture to Gov. Udom Emmanuel said the cassava mills when established, would help to reduce the price of garri and other derivatives.
The mills which are located in Eket, Abak and Uruan Local Government Areas of the state, according to Armstrong, are already completed and would soon be fully functional.
He said the mill will be operated through Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement in conjunction with the State Ministry of Agriculture .
“The proposed cassava mills in the 10 Federal Constituencies promised by the governor are ongoing; three out of the 10 are ready now in Eket, Abak, Uruan and are functional and ready for inauguration.
Armstrong said that the cassava demonstration farms in the three senatorial districts were cultivated on 22 hectares of land.
The Special Assistant said the program revolves around food sufficiency to create employment opportunities for the teeming unemployed youths.
Armstrong said measures had been put in place to ensure that the loan facilities made available by the government were utilized for farming purposes.