11.03.2018 (Guardian (blog)) - Towards attainment of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of no poverty, zero hunger, and partnerships, the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) Africa, has donated palm oil and cassava-processing mills to Ife Oluwa Farmers’ Cooperatives Society of Adetoyebi-Ajibode community, Akinyele Local Council Area, Oyo State.
The humanitarian project was funded with a grant from the Japanese Government (through the Grant Assistance for Grass-roots Projects (GGP) of the Japanese Embassy in Abuja), as a means of enhancing the Federal Government’s drive to boost local agricultural food processing.
The project is expected to benefit at least 150 local farmers, as well as other farmers within the council area, by making the processing of garri from cassava and palm oil/palm kernel oil from palm fruit plantations easy in the community.
Speaking at the commissioning, the Japanese Ambassador in Nigeria, represented by his Special Adviser, Mr. Tatsuya Imamura, disclosed that the Japanese government haS being on ground in grassroots, supporting development for years now, and has a long partnership and trust relationships with Nigeria. He noted that the project would not only be of great benefit to the people of the state, but equally boost the agricultural productivity agenda of President Muhammed Buhari.
The Regional Director of CBN Africa, Dr. Felix Oisamoje said the machinery is meant for the processing of the vital commodities that will contribute in meeting the SDGs, and also helping to transform the community from a purely farming community to an agricultural processing community.He commended the Japanese through their Embassy for the partnership, saying they are confident that the project will go a long way in alleviating poverty and helping to boost agricultural production in Nigeria.