Cassava Farming, A Business Worth Considering.




Cassava is a staple food produced in high quantity in the tropics. It is one of the most consumed food crop and also serves as a source of export as it is being used even in countries beyond our coast as food, animal feed and source of ethanol in countries like China and Europe. Cassava is the raw material for many local food products which include garri, fufu, lafun etc. It also serves as a source of livestock feed domestically. 

The favorable climatic condition has made it easy to cultivate cassava on a large scale in Nigeria. Cassava can be further processed into many food products even on a commercial scale to generate income. In the last one and a half decade government has shown much interest in this crop as a sure means of wealth creation for Nigerians locally and as a foreign exchange earner. 

Guidelines for having a lucrative cassava farm:

Land: The acquisition of a piece of land with highly nutritious soil is the most important and most challenging part of this business as so applies to other aspects of farming depending on the farm location. It is also important to acquire high yield quality seed for planting.

Information: You can attend seminars and trainings and also do some researches in this field so as to improve your knowledge in this line of farming and business.

Processing: Cassava because of the high moisture content is highly perishable and it is very important to make sure it is transported for processing within 48 hours of harvest. Cassava can be processed into cassava chips, cassava pellet, cassava flakes, cassava starch and cassava flour.

Marketing: Both traditional and digital marketing methods can be use in locating customers home and abroad for cassava and its derivatives. 

Every aspect of cassava is very useful from its leaves, stem right to the tubers. Whether as food for human consumption or as animal feed or for industrial use, cassava is useful globally and the demand for it keeps growing.