Cassava Farmers Seek to Utilize Ethanol as Alternative to Petrol

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The Nigerian Cassava Growers Association in Cross River State says it is working with some relevant stakeholders to find ways of using ethanol extracted from cassava as an alternative to petrol, The Punch reports.

The state Chairman NCGA, Mr. Augustine Oqua, who said this in Calabar, noted that with Cross River as the largest producer of cassava in Nigeria, ethanol could serve as its biggest revenue source by using ethanol as a fuel to drive cars and that his organisation was already negotiating with the Cross River University of Technology and other research organisations to facilitate this process.

Oqua stressed the need for both the state and the Federal Government to encourage cassava farmers by giving them necessary inputs and soft loans. He described the proposed cassava plant at Obudu by the state government as a good idea, adding that the plant, when completed, would facilitate the production of cassava in the state.

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