Explore potential, benefits of Cassava leaves – Expert

An agriculture expert, Mr Emmanuel Ibiang, advocated the exploration of and benefits inherent in cassava leaves.

Ibiang, a cassava processor and producer, this call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Lagos.

He harped on the unlimited of cassava leaves, stressing the need to create awareness of its benefits.

“Cassava leaves have lots of untapped potentials.

a lot of vitamins, especially Vitamin D and folic acid.

“The leaves also have antibiotic effects when applied on the skin.

“Most have not come to a realisation of the of cassava leaves.

“By setting up journals, we have tried to intimate people on its benefits.

“Some local farmers are actually aware of the contents and potential of cassava leaves but have not leveraged on because they feel there is no for .

“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 could be created for the leaves, thereby earning extra income for the farmers.

He also called for more research and urged the government to empower farmers boosting the and processing of cassava leaves.

“If we create a for cassava leaves and people get to consume and use them, we will be able to process and make available to as pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and vegetables.

“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)