“If urgent solution is not provided, cassava will be expensive towards the end of 2020 and early 2021. There may not be enough cassava for garri, cassava flour and other food items. Even if cassava is available, it will be very expensive. “Many farmers boycotted cassava cultivation in 2020, and this development could lead to scarcity of the produce. The reason for the boycott was due to the huge losses recorded in 2019 by many farmers as a result of glut. This alarm was raised mid last year by the Secretary of the Lagos State Chapter of All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Abimbola Fagoyinbo-Francis, following a revelation that many farmers boycotted cassava cultivation in 2020. Just as predicted, cassava has now become a goldmine, as its price increases on daily basis, despite the country’s position in the comity of cassava producing countries. Nigeria is the largest cassava producer globally, accounting for about one-fifth (21 per cent) of total production worldwide. The demand for cassava and its constituents is high in the domestic economy. However, the supply has been unable to meet the huge demand.
The truth is that if you sell your freshly-harvested Cassava tubers to retailers or manufacturers who are going to use it to produce anyone if the above-listed byproducts, you will make your own little money as the cultivator and then loose the money you would have made for processing it yourself. It is always advisable to go this extra mile for large-scale Cassava farmers. As per our market research, we found out that the prices of cassava in the Nigerian markets vary from one state to another, but the average price per ton of Cassava starch is between ₦300,000 to ₦450,000, the price per ton of Cassava flour is between ₦250,000 to ₦350,000 while the price per ton of Cassava chips sells for an average of ₦60,000.
Cassava is a woody shrub of the Spurges family which are grown as perennial vegetables in the tropical and subtropical regions of the world mainly as an edible carbohydrate-giving starchy tuberous root. In west Africa, planting and harvesting of Cassava is done annually by farmers in the rural and suburban areas mainly for economic reasons.
In a year, there exist two seasons when farmers cultivate Cassava stems. The first season is called Early planting while the second is called Late planting. Early planting of cassava begins in February and ends in June while Late planting starts from October till December each year. As true as this maybe, rainfall has always been a major deciding factor as to when a season begins and ends.
Uses of Cassava
- For making of Snacks
- The chips are used in making poultry feed
- The flour is used in making spaghetti and noodles
- Used in the sugar industry to produce fructose, glucose etc
- As food for human consumption
- Used in making of Alcohol and other Acids
- Used in Chemical industries to produce coatings, emulsifiers etc
- For making of degradable plastic articles
Prices of Cassava