Nigeria to produce bioethanol from cassava

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The Nigerian Cassava Growers’ Association (NCGA) has partnered with the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF), an international private infrastructure financier, to set up a bioethanol plant, according to the News Agency of Nigeria.

National president of NCGA Segun Adewumi says the plant, which is to use cassava as feedstock, will also serve as a bioenergy and power generation plant for ten states of the West African federal republic.

‘NCGA is planning to establish ethanol factories across the nation that will produce millions of litres of ethanol in a year. We are focusing on ten states and the requirement is that we will get 6,000 hectares of cassava farm in each of the states,’ Adewumi says.

The land to be purchased will be demarcated into blocks of ten acres and allocated farmers, who will sell their cassava to the ethanol plant.

Adewumi says the project is being spearheaded by the E-Debit Corporation, a consultant company, to facilitate developmental programmes and connect financial institutions to manufacturers and farmers.

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