UTILIZATION OF EQUIPMENT AND BIOSAFETY OF CASSAVA PROCESSING IN THE MIDDLE BELT OF NIGERIA
Yohanna, J. Kuje and Umogbai, V. I.
Journal Title:Journal of Environmental Issues and Agriculture in Developing Countries
Cassava processing and equipment assessment is very important for safe consumption and utilization. The presidential initiatives in cassava production have led to many establishments of cassava processing industries in the middle belt of the country. Apart from being used as food, cassava is an important industrial raw material for the production of starch, alcohol, pharmaceuticals, gum and confectioneries. This study derived its data from secondary source to assess the utilization of equipment and biosafety of cassava processing in the middle belt of Nigeria. The study postulated among others that if adequate machinery is put in place, it will standardize the quality of the product for safe consumption and utilization. Cassava contains 77.9% of carbohydrates, 7.9%, 7.3%, 3.3% protein, water and fats respectively. Based on the empirical facts for the study, there is therefore the need to harness the total on-farm and off-farm agricultural capability of rural farmers through cassava production, processing and utilization in order to improve their lives and Nigeria as a whole.