The Cassava Value Chain (Cassava Faida)
Dashcrop limited has a support base of over 12400 farmers owning a total of 6300 acres of cassava. The company buys both seeds from the 105 specialised seed entrepreneurs which it supplies to other markets. The seed entrepreneurs are the main source of seed for the farmers. Each cutting of 15cm is bought at 1/= or 1000/= per bag. Tubers are bought at 5/= per kg while peeled and dried cassava chips are bought at 40/= per kilogram.
Technical support to the farmers is being offered by RhEAL solutions, a partner NGO who have specialized in taking the farmers in their groups through a variety of trainings ranging from Group management, good agronomic practices, and farming as a business.
Dashcrop through partnership with Rafiki Microfinance has been able to support 747 farmers with credit facilities to enable them to carry out cassava farming as a business.
Currently, the company is embarking on a road map to mechanization of cassava farming focusing more so on harvest and post-harvest handling which is quite tedious and time consuming when done manually. This will enhance efficiency in production and encourage farmers to increase the acreage under Cassava production.