Fabricators laud IITA for Zero Hunger Project

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Some beneficiaries of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)-funded Zero Hunger Project in Nigeria’s Ogun State have commended IITA for empowering them through training on wet hammer mill fabrication. This technology empowers cassava processors and feed millers to maximize the cassava processing value chain.

The training, held in Odeda Local Government Area at the Oye Steel Global Construction company, lasted five days, from 25 to 31 May. Fourteen fabricators from four Local Government Areas—Odeda, Yewa South, Obafemi Owode, and Abeokuta South—across the state participated in the training. Of these participants, 86% were youth who owned fabricating facilities. The trainees were intensively trained in sourcing materials and fabricating a wet hammer mill and cassava presser.

The innovation (wet hammer mill) developed to enhance cassava processing can process fresh cassava tubers and dry cassava chips for food and cassava peels for animal feed. The wet hammer mill was successfully and satisfactorily fabricated under the supervision of IITA Postharvest Specialist Peter Kolawole and Postharvest Engineer Thierno Diallo.

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