Thursday, November 22, 2018
AGRIBUSINESS: CASSAVA SUCCESS STORIES. Cassava called Manihot esculenta, is extensively cultivated as an annual crop in tropical and subtropical regions for its edible starchy tuberous root, a major source of carbohydrates. Cassava is the third-largest source of food carbohydrates in the tropics, after rice and maize. Cassava is a major staple food in the developing world, providing a basic diet for over half a billion people. CASSAVA VALUE CHAIN AND FOOD SECURITY. Echbee Food has found a new niche where garri a cassava by-product can be turned into nutritious wholesome foods and snacks. Echbee foods uses the vitamin A cassava for all her product in line with the vision of the company to end malnutrition. The first product is cassava flakes, a highly nutritious cereal fortified with vitamins and enriched with nuts fashioned after the corn flakes to provide wholesome,nutritious cereal. Cassava is basically carbohydrate,but with combination of some food sources it provides a balanced meal complete with protein and fat/oil.The garri-akara is another exceptional product,instead of bean cake garri is mixed with some food sources to make the garri-akara. AGRIBUSINESS: CASSAVA SUCCESS STORIES. The cassava flakes can be eaten as cereal or snack, other products are the chocoballs ,shawarma,puff-puff,cakes,cookies, pancakes and many more. Echbee foods AGRIBUSINESS: CASSAVA SUCCESS STORIES. A Kenyan youth has also struck gold in the cassava business. Muturi, a 24-year-old cassava farmer and recent graduate of Kenya’s Egerton University, founded Bites Cassava Millers Ltd. in Nyeri, Kenya. In 2013 he began to explore ways to extract extra value from cassava, a staple that many considered “poor man’s food. Nickson Muturi harvests cassava on his farm in Kenya. In the process, he developed ways to turn cassava into flour and inexpensive animal feed. His work earned him a 2014 Agribiz4Africa award.Cassava is a tuberous plant, rich in carbohydrates. Muturi considers the tuber “hidden gold” and wants to tell “as many people as possible, especially those in harsh climatic conditions, how they can use cassava to transform their lives.” AGRIBUSINESS: CASSAVA SUCCESS STORIES. To produce flour from the tuber, Muturi cuts cassava into small pieces and soaks the pieces in water to clean them of any chemicals. He then adds a sodium preservative, puts the pieces into polythene bags and places the bags in the sun so the pieces will dry. The drying method is “environment-friendly and makes the drying process faster,” he says. He then mills the dry pieces into flour and sieves it to remove large particles. Muturi uses the plant’s leaves and stems for animal feed. “I ensure that nothing goes to waste,” he says, adding that his methods can be applied to other foods like rice, yams, maize, millet and sorghum.