In Cross River State, an innovator Emmanuel Ntiti has fabricated machines that convert cassava to ethanol, writes Daniel Essiet.
The machines for processing cassava into ethanol are scarce and expensive.
But there is good news for farmers and producers. A Cross River State-based innovator and fabricator, Emmanuel Ntiti, has developed machines for processing cassava into ethanol.
A Senior Technical Instructor at the Government Technical School, Calabar, Ntiti has developed a range of machines for small scale business owners. His agricultural background helped him to identify the various problems that farmers at the grassroots face. He then thought of how to help them. His quest led him to design and produce agriculture machines.
Ntiti said his machine breaks waste biomass into ethanol, thereby reducing costs through savings on maintenance, production time and capital expenditures, for farmers using cassava.
The equipment, made of iron and steel, has a distillation system.
Ntiti is ready to deploy the technology to all parts of the country, especially rural areas where cassava is in abundance.
He plans to deliver rural development through an industrialisation strategy anchored on building affordable machines to help farmers produce more.
Converting cassava to ethanol, according to him, will ensure that rural communities are empowered with sustainable jobs that bring about wealth and emancipation of rural Nigerians.
In view of the perishable nature of cassava, he is encouraging processing to be done in rural areas.
According to him, his dream is to produce affordable machinery. To boost agriculture, Ntiti urges farmers to embrace machines.
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