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It’s difficult making bread with inclusion of 20% cassava –Lagos bakers

Posted: Apr 23, 2015 at 6:30 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Bakers in Lagos have complained that the 20 per cent inclusion of cassava flour in bread production was becoming difficult, due to a lot of constraints.

Chairman of the Association of Master Bakers and Caterers of Nigeria, Lagos chapter, Mr Jacob Adejorin, made the complaint in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

Adejorin listed poor awareness, short shelf life, substandard cassava flour, lack of training and equipment for production, among others, as the constraints.

He said the initiative by the Federal Government was good but it had been difficult to get quality cassava flour.

“For now, the only place you can get cassava is around Oyo State, and even there, not many people are aware of cassava bread, neither are the bakers trained in it.

“Until there is that high quality cassava flour, the ones we have around have very low shelf life.

“This means that the bread made with it does not last long, before it starts to go sour.

“I am aware that quality cassava flour is available in FIIRO, but how much of this is available?

“There is need to produce more of the flour,” he said.

NAN recalls that in 2014, Dr Akinwunmi Adesina, Minister of Agriculture, said Nigeria could save up to N200 billion from the inclusion of cassava flour in bread production.

To ensure the initiative sails through, the Federal Government earmarked 2.2 billion for the initiative, to be accessed through the Bank of Industry.

Director General of the Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi (FIIRO), Mrs. Gloria Elemo, said the institute had trained several bakers and millers on cassava bread.

She also said the institute makes cassava bread and sells from its milling and baking department, but general awareness about the bread had been low.

But all bakers who spoke with NAN said they had yet to access the fund.