The Akwa Ibom State Government has set up a four-member Cassava Seed Multiplication Committee to interface with stakeholders in cassava value chain in order to scale down the soaring price of garri in the second planting season.
The committee, which is also to maintain stock of cassava seeds for proper distribution in the state, has Mr. Moses Akpan as its chairman, Emmanuel Akpan as Secretary, Francis Ubit and Mr. Paul Udo as members.
According to a statement by the state Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr Uduak Udo-Inyang, the committee will also engage in the sensitisation and mobilisation of cassava growers in the state as well as carry out proper data capturing of cassava growers and establishment of data bank of the growers.
It added: “It is imperative for cassava seed multiplication committee to be inaugurated to undertake training of cassava farmers and groups on modern and improved cassava production techniques for better yields.
“This will bring down the soaring price of garri in the state as it will source and distribute different improved inputs, seedlings, fertilizers, tools and equipment for use by farmers across the state.”
The state government implored the market unions to cooperate with the government to make garri and other staple foods available and affordable in the interest of the suffering masses, stressing that they could cut down cost without it affecting marketers’ profit.