New factories that will transform cassava peel into high-quality feed for livestock have been launched in Nigeria.
The huge potential for use of cassava peel as fodder in Nigeria was first proposed by three CGIAR centres. Researchers from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the International Potato Center (CIP), with the support of CGIAR Research Programs on Roots, Tubers and Bananas, Humidtropics, and Livestock and Fish, showed that drying and grading cassava peels could hold the key to providing a readily available and sustainable source of animal feeds, increasing incomes for women and boosting food security in West Africa.
The new cassava peel processing initiative is supported by Synergos Nigeria, federal and state governments, the World Bank, Fadama III, the Kogi State University, and ILRI Nigeria in Ibadan. ILRI organized the training on the production of high-quality cassava peel mash.
A prototype cassava peel processing plant was launched in Djakarta community of Kogi State in Mar 2017. A month later (Apr 2017) a similar factory was launched in Benue State.
Each year, nearly 98% of Nigeria’s cassava peels are wasted due to constraints associated with drying and concerns about safety of use, particularly hydrocyanide and mycotoxins-related food poisoning. Drying peels outside—practically impossible during the rainy season—takes two to three days. Consequently, peels are left to rot in heaps or set on fire—polluting the nearby air, soil and groundwater and wasting a potential feed resource.
According to Premium Times of Nigeria, the ‘prototype idea, if it works, ‘will be sold back to government with the expectations that it will get investors to invest in the system, and lead to job creation in different fields’.
Over 90% of the cassava peel equipment used in the factory is made using local raw materials.