Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri said the creation of the Cottage Crops Processing Factories scheme (C-CPF) by the ministry is to facilitate well produced and packaged foods, and also expedite Nigeria’s effort to achieve self-sufficiency in food production.
The Minister gave the explanation in a statement signed by his media aide, George Orji and sent to LEADERSHIP, where he stated that C-CPF scheme was conceived to benefit farmers within the cluster in six geo-political zones in the country.
The statement read in part; “To enhance the processing of the crops that result from the cluster farming, the ministry has in place a scheme called Cottage Crops Processing Factories, (C-CPF). Like cluster farming, this is also a public/private partnership scheme.
“Broadly, the objective of the C-CPF scheme is to encourage the establishment of cottage crops processing factories that will complement the existing industries along different value chains. In all, it will lead to the addition of value for our crops, prevent postharvest losses, create employment and facilitate well produced and packaged foods.
“The spread of the C-CPF in the country was conceived in such a manner that takes into account the comparative advantage of the various geopolitical states and their crop yields. For instance, in the oilpalm cluster, the factories are located inAkwa Ibom, Anambra, Edo, Enugu, Imo, Kaduna, Ogun, Nasarawa, Osun Ondo and Oyo.
“For the cassava cottage factories, the following states are the beneficiaries: Benue, Delta, Akwa Ibom, Edo, Ekiti, Enugu, FCT, Imo, Kogi, Lagos, Niger, Ogun, Osun and Oyo. Rice cottage factories are located in Benue, Bornu, Ebonyi and Edo.”
The C-CPF is a collaborative effort between the Bank of Industries (BOI), investors, developers, the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development as facilitator.
According to the statement, the multi-million naira rice mills, the C-CPF and the cluster farming, form part of other integrated efforts by the present Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in collaboration with other stakeholders in the sector to grow the nation’s agriculture beyond its subsistent form, lift Nigerians from poverty and above all achieve self-sufficiency in food production in the country.
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