Farmers within the catchments of the Cassava Adding Value for Africa (CAVA) in Ogun and Ondo States of Nigeria have hailed the TME 419 cassava variety promoted by the project as an alternative to local low yielding cassava varieties. This news was reported in The Daily Nation Newspaper in Nigeria. The first farmer to harvest from the planted TME 419 cassava stems planted in 2009 late season, Alhaji AbdurRahman Kolawole Otun of Otun Farm, Asooro Village, Ewekoro Local Government Area, said: “The cassava tubers were uprooted and the weight doubled that of the traditional cassava, such as the ‘idi leru’ (root heavy species).”
A project launch workshop was hosted on 10 July 2008 by the CSIR-Food Research Institute at the Erata Hotel Accra. The aim of the workshop was to inform key stakeholders about the project and initial activities. The workshop was chaired by Professor Owusu Benoah, Director General of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. The Hon. Minister of Food and Agriculture, represented by the Chief Director of Agriculture, and the Hon. Minster of Education, Science and Sport, represented by the Deputy Minister, gave keynote addresses.
A project launch workshop was hosted on 16 June 2008 at the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria. The aim of the workshop was to inform key stakeholders about the project and initial activities. A project overview was presented by Andrew Westby, Project Director, and a detailed work programme for the formative studies was presented by the Country Manager, Lateef Sanni.