Zambian Breweries’ cassava project goes to the root of economic diversification

ZAMBIA – Zambian Breweries Plc, a subsidiary of AB InBev is championing commercialization of cassava through its flagship cassava project. Through the project the brewer is adding value for small-scale farmers, ensuring economic diversification, job creation and setting new grounds for agriculture sustainability for the nation. According the company’s press-release, the brewer’s parent company AB InBev has setup measures to help farmers improve their yields and keep track of payments. Through the Cheembe / BanQu automated payment system, farmers are being financially empowered by assuring them of financial inclusion, identification,…

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CBN restricts sale of forex for importation of Cassava and its derivatives

NIGERIA – CBN adds cassava and its derivatives (starch, ethanol and others) to forex restriction list to boost production, of which importation gulps US$600 million annually. The CBN Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele noted that Nigeria is the world’s largest producer of cassava tubers with 53 million mt per annum. However, the yield per hectare averaging 20 tonnes/ha is very low compared to other jurisdictions. The cassava initiative of the CBN is to improve cassava productivity, stabilize prices and encourage local processing to generate employment, among other collaborations with states. “We…

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Premiercon Ltd backs consumption of non-maize starchy foods in diversification strategy

ZAMBIA – The Chief Executive Officer of Premiercon Starch Company Limited, Lubasi Yuyi has welcomed the move to promote consumption of non-maize starchy foods which are climate change resilient such as cassava, yams and sweet potatoes among others. This is in response to Vice president Inonge Wina’s call for diversification of agricultural products to grow draught resistant crops basket and double their production level saying they have potential to greatly contribute to the growth of the industry. According to Zambian Business Times report, Yuyi called on the government to expedite…

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Government to establish additional tapioca starch processing plant under IDIF programme

GHANA – The Ghanaian government has unveiled plans of setting up a cassava starch processing plant in the western region under its One District One Factory (IDIF) initiative by the close of the year. According to Moses Kwabena Boakye, administrative manager of Amenfi Farms Ghana Limited, the project will be supported by 500 acres of land in the region which are currently under cassava plant. Moses also noted that the cassava farm, which started seven months ago, has created about 100 jobs adding that “We have also gotten over 300…

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Tanzania chamber of commerce embarks on efforts to boost cassava sector

TANZANIA- The Tanzania Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (TCCIA) has unveiled plans of setting up a cassava processing plant in Dodoma as part of its commitment in transforming the cassava sector in the country. Additionally, the government agency -whose a mandate is to promote trade and facilitate private-public investments- has also acquired 2,000 acres in of land in Chemba District to pave way for sufficient supply of raw material to the envisaged plant. According to a Daily News Report, Mr Idd Senge, Dodoma Regional TCCIA Executive Secretary, said that…

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Tanzania launches new modern cassava processing plant

TANZANIA – Tanzania has launched a new modern cassava plant, the Cassava Starch of Tanzania Corporation Limited (CSTC) located in the southern region of the country. The facility, which was constructed by a French firm, has the capacity to process 60 tonnes of raw cassava per day, equivalent to 25 tonnes of quality cassava flour per day and a capacity to offer 420 employment opportunities, reports Daily News. Speaking in the side-lines of the launch, Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa urged residents from the southern regions to optimally utilise the plant…

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Rwandan government to bailout Kinazi Cassava Plant to boost operations

RWANDA – Kinazi Cassava Plant Limited, a cassava flour and starch processing plant in Rwanda is set to receive a bailout from government as an intervention that seeks to turn around its unprofitable business operations. According to a report by The New Times, the intervention was informed by government’s assessment of the plant’s operations which revealed that the firm was operating below capacity. Among the major constrains identified in the plant, in which the government holds shares , included technical challenges and insufficient equipment. Other than the government, the Development…

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Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation launches new cassava project in Tanzania

TANZANIA – Tanzania is set to benefit form a new cassava project aimed at establishing an affordable commercial cassava seed system. Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Best cassava project, aims at building an economically sustainable seed system through development of disease resistant cassava cultivars. This is part of efforts to ensure farmers of one of the leading foods crops in Tanzania have access to high yielding plant materials and improved cassava production. The project has partnered the Mennonite Economic Development Associates (Meda), an association of Christians…

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Tanzania embarks on bid to boost cassava production

TANZANIA – Tanzania has unveiled plans of introducing a platform that will connect cassava farmers with processor both at the local and international levels as it seeks to improve productivity. According to Mr Edwin Rutageruka, Director General Tanzania Trade Development Authority (TanTrade), the platform will work, is expected to work under TanTrade and will target processors from the world market especially in China, reports Daily News. “The main goal of the association will be to improve production of cassava as well as value addition for stem tubers in order to…

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Central bank unveils US$2.75m loan to enhance rice and cassava production

NIGERIA – The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) under the Anchor Borrowers’ Programme (ABP) has unveiled US$2.75 million loan to local farmers in efforts to enhance the production of rice, maize, soybeans and cassava, according to an article on This Day. The first phase of the program seeks to benefit a total of 1,250 local farmers in Kwara State that is, 500 maize farmers, 350 soybeans farmers, 150 rice farmers and 250 cassava farmers. It aims to create a linkage between anchor companies that are involved in the processing and…

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