SECTOR CAPABILITIES - Cassava from Ghana
Cassava is the most important root crop in Ghana. The estimated total land under cassava production is 900,000 hectares. In Ghana, over 70% of farmers engage in cassava production, and the sector contributes to about 22% of Agricultural GDP. Ghana ranks among the top five cassava producers in Africa with an annual average production of sixteen million metric tons. At least eighteen different improved varieties of cassava are produced in commercial quantities for diverse uses such as for starch, flour, ethanol and chips. The varieties include the following:
These varieties are of high quality and are produced largely by small-scale farmers in the rural areas throughout the country mostly using organic production methods. The sector is well-organized with a good number of infrastructural support such as pack houses, haulage and production inputs. There is also a strong scientific and research support for the crop, spearheaded by the Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), a research institution of the Government of Ghana.
Reasons to buy
Reasons to buy:
Importing Ghanaian cassava will give you several great advantages:
- Organic in default – no use of pesticides and chemicals.
- Consistency of supply of large volumes of the commodity.
- Certainty of supply of high quality cassava all year round.
- Very strong scientific and international research support to improve resistance, yield and starch content of the exportable varieties.
- The national government has prioritized the sector for food security and increased exports.
- Increasing processing facilities.
- Opportunities for further investments in the sector.
Ghana Assorted Food Stuff Exporters Association (GAFEA)
GAFEA was formed in 1989 as a private sector member-based organization that groups and represents the interest of Ghanaian food exporters.
Ayesu Starch Company (ASCO)
ASCo is an agro-processing business established in 2002 to process cassava roots into food grade starch for local consumption and export. The factory was commissioned in 2004 with a capacity to process 22,000 metric tons of cassava.
Dutch Agricultural Development and Trading Company (DATDCO)
DADTCO developed an innovative “split” processing technology (in the field and at the factory) that has changed dramatically the way cassava is perceived, grown and processed in Africa. The company’s mobile cassava starch factories process fresh cassava on-farm or nearby, instead of attempting to transport the watery perishable crop over long distances to a central factory. The mobile cassava starch factories process the harvested cassava into cassava cake and/or cassava starch flour which can be used by the brewing industry, bakeries or other starch related businesses.
Ghana Cassava Centre of Excellence (GCCE)
The company advocates support for the transformation of the cassava value chain in Ghana. The company works closely with smallholders to improve upon their access to inputs and other agribusiness services.
Caltech Ventures Ltd.
Caltech Ventures Ltd, an agro-processing company established to produce ethanol and high quality cassava flour (HQCF). The company has acquired 2,500 hectares of land at Hodzo in the Volta Region of Ghana to cultivate 7% of the raw material for the production of 30,000 litres per day of extra neutral alcohol and 22 tons per day of liquefied carbon dioxide.