CASSAVA has within the current previous witnessed rising demand as a result of improve in its industrial use and huge worth chain.
The elevated demand for cassava has resulted within the rise within the worth of the crop on each the native and regional markets.
Based on Fortune Enterprise Insights, the worldwide cassava starch market measurement is predicted to achieve $66.84 billion by 2026, which native farmers ought to make the most of by rising manufacturing.
Among the many elements which are encouraging demand is the favored use of the crop in numerous industries resembling alcohol, textile and vitality manufacturing amongst others.
In Zambia, the cassava sector has attracted funding in vitality manufacturing, alcohol and milling amongst others.
For instance, Zambian Breweries (ZB) is utilizing the crop within the manufacturing of its clear beer, Eagle lager and presently has an out grower scheme of small-scale cassava farmers in Luapula Province.
ZB is presently supporting greater than 6,000 small-scale farmers and procures between 3,000 to 4,000 tonnes of cassava per 12 months.
Cassava in Zambia is usually produced in Luapula Province and the northern half .It’s the nation’s second staple meals after maize.
Based on the Ministry of Agriculture, the nation produces between 800,000 to at least one million tonnes of the crop every year.
Within the current previous, authorities and cooperating companions have been engaged on commercialising the crop resulting from its numerous business makes use of and rising demand after figuring out it as a cash spinner.
Musika Zambia has been a key participant in supplementing the federal government’s effort to develop and commercialise the cassava worth chain sector.
Musika has to this point facilitated investments of greater than $1.5 million in direction of cassava commercialisation by means of a number of interventions carried out by 10 non-public sector companions in Northern, Luapula, Central,Western and North Western provinces of Zambia.
Head of company affairs, Pamela Hamasaka says Musika companions are drawn from a various vary of business operators together with brewery, meals processors and confectionery, livestock feed, biofuels, and ethanol producers.
Ms Hamasaka says these companions performed a pivotal position in assembly Musika’s fundamental goal of offering a prepared and clear marketplace for the cassava crop, and entry to inputs resembling improved cassava varieties by smallholder farmers, coupled with coaching and extension companies, to assist meet the standard and amount that the market calls for.
” Not too long ago Musika signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Zambia Nationwide Cassava Affiliation (ZANACA) to extend business degree collaboration of key worth chain actors and handle business huge challenges affecting the commercialisation of the crop,” she says.
Ms Hamasaka says one in all Musika’s companions has a goal of 12,000 smallholder farmers of which 50 per cent are girls and had been set to learn from its $9 million ethanol and livestock feed processing plant which requires a day by day provide of 150 tonnes of cassava feedstock.
The corporate invested a further $10 million to develop its farmer provide community and cassava manufacturing to fulfill its annual goal of 50,000 tonnes of dry cassava chips.
She says Musika will proceed contributing to the federal government’s efforts in direction of the commercialization of cassava by taking part in a pivotal position in figuring out potential investments by means of Public-Personal Partnerships (PPPs) within the agriculture sector, together with different worth chains.
As well as, the Chifwani idea launched and coined by Zambia’s Ambassador to Ethiopia, Emmanuel Mwamba is one other encouraging feat in cassava commercialisation.
Since its announcement, Chifwani Ideas officers have continued to present cassava cuttings to farmers in Northern Province.
The crew has been distributing quite a lot of cassava cuttings which are early maturing and illness resistant.
Former Mulilansolo Ward Councillor Aaron Zimba has been a part of the crew which is distributing cassava cuttings in Northern Province.
Mr Zimba says farmers have welcomed the initiative by Chifwani Ideas because it was long-term and promoted the farming alternatives of small-scale farmers.
Chifwani Ideas has established an workplace in Kasama to advertise the huge farming of cassava.
Chifwani Ideas has additionally obtained a marketplace for the cassava with producers utilizing the crop as uncooked materials in industrial merchandise resembling ethanol, fertiliser and inventory feed.
Promoter of the Idea, Mr Mwamba says he believes within the biblical knowledge which guides that; “Give a person a fish and also you feed him for a day; educate a person to fish and also you feed him for a lifetime”.
However the cassava commercialisation within the nation has continued going through setbacks amongst low manufacturing and productiveness resulting in restricted provide for industrial and human demand.
Different challenges embody the prevalence of crop pests and illnesses, such because the cassava mealybug and brown streak illness, which have been affecting cassava yields.
Based on the Draft Cassava Worth Chain Evaluation Report, which was commissioned by Musika, in collaboration with the Meals and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), a disorganised advertising and marketing preparations, particularly for small scale farmers was resulting in restricted aggregation of produce and bargaining energy; in addition to restricted capability in entrepreneurship and enterprise abilities amongst small scale farmers.
The report signifies that restricted infrastructure to assist cassava processing and advertising and marketing, which has brought about large submit harvest losses and restricted financing choices obtainable to cassava business gamers and restricted use of mechanisation in manufacturing and processing of cassava had been among the many main challenges.
Nonetheless, the federal government is conscious of the challenges within the commercialisation of the cassava worth chain sector within the nation.
Ministry of agriculture everlasting secretary Songowayo Zyambo says cassava was an necessary meals and industrial crop which the federal government was selling.
He says the federal government was conscious that the manufacturing of cassava had large potential in numerous components of the nation, the rationale it was working with all stakeholders in enhancing the coverage and legislative atmosphere for the event of the cassava business.
Mr Zyambo says the federal government was calling on stakeholders to proceed creating partnerships in implementing measures that might handle challenges within the sector.
For Zambia to totally commercialise and fulfill the rising demand of the crop on each the native and worldwide market, there’s a want for a multi-sectoral method to develop the sector and handle its challenges.