Tafric Invest Nigeria To Acquire Land For Raw Materials Cultivation
In an attempt to produce sufficient quantity of cassava as raw material for processing into garri, odourless foofoo and cassava flour, the management of Tarfric Invest Nigeria Limited has indicated a strong desire to acquire large hectares of land for cassava cultivation in the state.
The managing director of the company in charge of the five metric tonnes Cassava Processing Mill in Nung Udoe Ibesikpo, Mr UbonAbasi Israel, an engineer, made this known during a facility visit to the mill by agricultural engineering students from the University of Uyo (UNIUYO) and Akwa Ibom State University (AKSU), coordinated by the leadership of the Nigerian Institution of Agricultural Engineers (NIAE), Akwa Ibom Chapter, Mr Augustine Ubong, an engineer.
Israel, who was responding to a question by one of the students on sources of raw materials to feed the mill, said the acquisition of large hectares of land for cultivation of Vitamin A cassava was necessary to complement the quantity they purchase from farmers in the state.
He said their operation of the cassava processing mill would beat the optimal level if they cultivate cassava, the major raw material for the mill.
The managing director said they acquire a tonne of cassava at N18,000, noting that his company was producing high premium garri which could last for more than a year.
He explained that the mill, which facilities were fabricated in the country by Nigerians, was set up by the state government for the purpose of ensuring food sufficiency in the state.
The company, he said, produces premium garri which the government packages in branded DAKKADA bags, noting with delight that their products are of high quality considering the commendations they receive from people in the Diaspora who patronize the product.
Israel that said for the Akwa Ibom public to benefit from their products, the state government must be willing to subsidize the cost of processing cassava into premium garri, odourless foofoo and cassava flour.
His words: “We have no problem with the quality of our products,” and encouraged consumers to patronize their cassava flour in the state for them to be encouraged to produce the commodity for bread baking.
He said his company decided to venture into processing of cassava into garri, odourless foofoo and cassava flour as a way of working towards helping the next generation of engineers to do exploit in their chosen profession.
Israel, whose business outfit offers opportunity for students to undertake industrial training (IT), emphasized the need for engineering students to remain focused in order to graduate with good degrees, with a view to positively impact the larger society after graduation.
The chairman, NIAE, Akwa Ibom Chapter, Mr Augustine Ubong, said the visit was meant to expose the students of Agricultural Engineering to practical experience in the processing of cassava into garri, odourless foofoo and cassava flour.
Ubong, who led the team, among them Engr Godwin E. Akpan and Uduakobong Akpan, explained further that the visit was arranged to enable Agricultural Engineering students to synergize with industrial facilities, see things for themselves and learn how to solve such challenges when confronted with such.
He thanked the management of Tafric Invest Nigeria Limited for accepting to host them for the facility visit.
The factory manager, who is also the public relations officer of the association, Mr Atauyo Etim, conducted the students and the NIAE officials round the various sections, including the Wet Unit, Dry, Frying, Feed Mill and Cassava Peels Unit.