The Federal Government has raised an alarm over a recent virile disease, Cassava Brown Streak Disease, ravaging East and Central Africa now making its way to West Africa.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Muhammed Umar, disclosed this in Abuja at the 2019 Cassava Investment Forum.
The Permanent Secretary represented by Mr. Ayodeji Bobby, Head, Font and Tuber Crops in the ministry, called for a collective effort in securing Nigeria and West African region against the virus.
He said the disease has caused over 90 percent loss in one cassava farm in the country.He, therefore, urged the professionals at the cassava forum to use their vast knowledge and experience to advise the ministry on areas that are key to the development of cassava sub-sector in Nigeria.
Dr. Afred Dixon, IITA Director for Development and Delivery said that Nigeria’s cassava annual production is over 50 million tonnes.