Nigeria stands to save about N258 billion each year from the substitution of wheat flour with high quality cassava flour.
Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, who announced this in Abuja during a ministerial press briefing, also commended the management of UTC for taking the lead by complying with the of 40 per cent cassava flour inclusion in its food productions.
He said that although Nigeria is largest producer of cassava with a total of 36.8 million metric tons annually, the country accounts for an insignificant fraction of global value addition of cassava due to over dependence on imported wheat flour for baking.
He explained that cassava transformation would make the sector a major player in the local and international markets by adopting improved production and processing technologies as well as organising producers and processors into efficient value added chains.
Nigerian Government recently introduced the use of cassava flour for baking with a warning that it will not sign any contract to import wheat flour into the country.