As a measure towards ensuring sufficient garri for the people, Akwa Ibom State government is hatching plans to construct Garri Mills in all the 10 Federal constituencies in the state.
The garri factories to be a replica of the three already existing Mills in the three Senatorial Districts of the state will have a production capacity of 5 tonnes of garri per day, bringing to a total of 50 tonnes of garri per day on completion.
At the moment, government is gearing efforts at boosting availability of cassava, the major raw material with plans to cultivate 2,500 hectares of cassava by the end of the year, an increase from the already cultivated 1,450 hectares through the ongoing FADAMA 111 programme.
This is outside the numerous cassava out-grower farms across the state and those of cooperative societies.
With a septic and hygiene measures put in place for workers at the Mills, consumers are assured of good quality and increased supply of garri to beat the high market cost of garri. Government is also giving incentives to encourage cassava cultivation through subsidised cassava cuttings, cassava seed multiplication, fertilisers and extension services.
Need be mentioned here that, garri produced at the mill can stay for as long as 9 months as there are no chemical additives to the Garri throughout the production process.