How to control Cassava Diseases and Pests

Pests and diseases are the major reasons why many agribusinesses fail. They increase the loss of cassava which should have contributed to your overall profit. The major pests and diseases of cassava are: 1. Thrips and Mites: Can be controlled using a recommended miticide and Insect Growth Regulators. These pests are prevalent during dry periods and decreases as rainfall increases. 2. African cassava mosaic virus: The African cassava mosaic virus causes the leaves of the cassava plant to wither. When such withering occurs, it limits the growth of the root.…

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Unknown Amazing Benefits of Planting Cassava

Cassava has many uses and its uses cuts across several production industries. Cassava has gained wide usage in industries for the production of paper, ethanol, pharmaceuticals, biofuels, starch, and flour. Nowadays, cassava flour is being encouraged to be used in the production of bread, doughnuts and other confectioneries. Cassava can also be processed into fufu and ‘garri’; a popular food among many Nigerians. Not only is the root of cassava important for the production of food, but its leaves can also be used as a vegetable for soup or as…

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A Comprehensive Guide on How to Plant Cassava

Today's Debate Topic: How Lucrative is Farming Business?

Cassava (Manihot Esculenta) is the third-largest source of food carbohydrates in the tropics after rice and maize. In this post, we will highlight the comprehensive guide on how to start a cassava farm. According to Wikipedia, the origin of cassava can be traced back to West-central Brazil where it was likely first domesticated no more than 10,000 years BP. It was however introduced to Africa by Portuguese traders from Brazil in the 16th century. Today, Nigeria ranks first position as the world largest producer of cassava. This is followed by…

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Do you know that Cassava’s high in iron and zinc could improve diets and health?

The “hidden hunger” caused by micronutrient deficiency is a global threat to human health, with particularly severe impacts in Africa. In Nigeria, 75 percent of preschool children and 67 percent of pregnant women are anemic, and 20 percent of children below five years suffer from zinc deficiency. Iron deficiency anemia affects the immune system, stunts growth and impairs cognitive development in children, while deficiency in zinc causes increased risk of death from diarrhea, stunting and reduced cognitive development. Developing new varieties of a staple food crop with elevated levels of…

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How to Start a Cassava Farming and Processing Business in Nigeria [A Comprehensive Guide]

A single farming season spent in cassava farming and processing can hand you the key to financial freedom. Yes! Cultivating and processing cassava is simply a money-making venture. In this post, I will show you why you should consider giving it a go and how to start your very own cassava farming and processing business. Reasons you should invest in cassava farming, fast. Here are some of the reasons cassava has such a huge earning potential for you as an entrepreneur: Cassava is an important food crop in Nigeria Cassava…

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Garri Processing and Reasons why Garri business is a very profitable agribusiness to venture into

Garri is processed from cassava tubers, and has become a much wanted staple food in Nigeria. Once considered to be food for the poor, garri is gradually slipping out of the reach of ordinary Nigerians who sometimes cannot do without helping themselves to a plate of eba (or garri flour mixed in hot water) or its soaked version every day. Someone once shared with me that the businesses that will continue as long as human civilisation remains are those businesses that meet the basic needs of man, i.e. food, clothing,…

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How to process cassava chips for Animal feed

Cassava Chip Production for Animal Feed Animal feed has always been a major limiting factor in the growth of the livestock industry in developing countries as most of the feed ingredients are always imported thereby making a large proportion of foreign exchange to be spent for this purpose. Today, we are going to discuss the unit operations in the production processes of cassava chips, pellets and feed grade single cell protein from cassava roots and by-products, together with the current research efforts to improve these processes. Small farmers choose to…

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Sowing Guide for Different kind of Crops

 Every crop farmer must be aware of the specie he/she wants to cultivate, the average number of seeds, the quantity for sowing per hectare and the crop density (Number of plants per hectare). This will help the farmer understand what his or her expectations are from the crops to be planted. Below is a comprehensive sowing guide for different types of crops according to their specie, average number of seeds (grams), quantity required for sowing (in kilogram) and the crop density i.e. number of required plants per hectare. Species Average…

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