SECTOR CAPABILITIES - Cassava chips
Cassava chips are an excellent raw material for the production of animal feed and bio-fuel. The use of improved cassava varieties with high starch and low cyanide content, together with low chemical agricultural practices, makes the Ghanaian cassava chips an excellent alternative for the animal feed industry.
Ghana is the second leading producer of cassava in Africa and the fifth in the world accounting for more than 22 million metric tons in 2019 production season, representing 7.56% of global output. Over 1 Million hectares are currently destinated to cassava production, engaging around 70% of the farmers in the country.
Currently, there are several clusters in Ghana grouping cassava producers and processors, generating synergies in the production chain. The three most significant clusters for the production of cassava chips in Ghana are the Atebubu – Amantin/Sekyere with 12,000 farmers and 6 processors, the Fanteakwa – Afram Plains cluster with 1,200 farmers and 7 processors and the Savanna cluster with 1,300 farmers and 7 processors.
Due to the extensive availability of the raw material and the governmental support for the sector, Ghanaian processors of cassava chips are ready to scale up their production to meet the needs of the international markets.
The production of cassava chips in Ghana is part of a strong value chain supported by national and international organizations, providing constant improvement of the plant material, agricultural practices and processing methods. Therefore, Ghana can be a strategic partner for the supply of cassava products.
Reasons to buy
Ghanaian cassava chips provide the following benefits:
- Use of cassava varieties with very low cyanide content
- Low chemical usage in the cassava production over other suppliers worldwide
- Improved cassava varieties with high starch content
- Easy scalability of production
- Geographic proximity to Europe
- Zero import tariff in the EU
- Growth potential due to wide availability of cassava all year round
- Strong institutional support of the cassava sector
- R&D programs in the whole value chain
- National and International actors involved in the improvement of the sector
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Ghana Root Crops and Tubers Exporters Union (GROCTEU)
GROCTEU associates the exporters of roots and tubers in Ghana and supports its members in improving their processes to achieve international standards, provides market intelligence and information on finance and equipment for the sector.
Ghana Cassava Centre of Excellence (GCCE)
Ghana Cassava Centre of Excellence is a non-profit, nongovernmental organization to strengthen innovations for Sustainable Development of Cassava Value Chain in Ghana, from research on crop production through to post-harvest handling, marketing, processing and consumption undertaken through a mix of innovative approaches.
Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is a national science and technology institution in Ghana created to implement government policies on scientific research and development, coordinate R&D activities in the CSIR and other S&T institutions nationwide and assist the government in the formulation of S&T policies for national development.