Ibiang, a cassava processor and producer, made this call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Lagos.
He harped on the unlimited potential of cassava leaves, stressing the need to create awareness of its benefits.
“Cassava leaves have lots of untapped potentials.
“The leaves also have antibiotic effects when applied on the skin.
“By setting up journals, we have tried to intimate people on its benefits.
“However, if there is right awareness on the potential of cassava leaves, farmers will stop throwing them away after harvest,’’ the expert told NAN.
Ibiang noted that a huge market could be created for the leaves, thereby earning extra income for the farmers.
“We need to do more research and explore the potential inherent in cassava leaves.
“The government can help us by empowering farmers, who already have in-depth knowledge on the potential of cassava leaves.
“If there is enabling environment for processing cassava leaves, we can actually do it ourselves,’’ Ibiang said. (NAN)