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Regional Cassava Processing and Marketing Initiative FIRST REGIONAL MEETING OF IFAD ROOTS & TUBERS PROJECTS 14-16 November 2007 Hotel Somatel - Douala, Cameroon. Root and Tuber Expansion Programme (RTEP) Federal Department of Agriculture PRESENTATION ON CASSAVA PRODUCTION. RTEP Milestones.
Regional Cassava Processing and Marketing InitiativeFIRST REGIONAL MEETING OF IFAD ROOTS & TUBERS PROJECTS14-16 November 2007Hotel Somatel - Douala, Cameroon
Federal Department of Agriculture
PRESENTATION ONCASSAVA PRODUCTION
Cassava production (development) is executed under the first three components
(i) Individual farmers are selected by the ADPs which provides them planting materials, fertilizers and quality control while the farmers will be responsible for land preparation, weeding and harvesting. A memorandum of understanding regulate relationship between farmer and ADP;
(ii) Community based planting material producer association (CBSPA): the association is responsible for planting, fertilizer application and harvesting, while the project will be responsible for land preparation, weeding/herbicide, fertilizers, planting materials, technical trainings, provision of credit and quality control. Also in this case, a memorandum of understanding regulate relationship between CBSPAR and ADP.
1) Incentive packages related to services such as:
2) More research efforts towards:
3) Flexible arrangements for outgrowers:
Permission granted to use crop mixes on outgrowers’ fields. This is however acceptable provided the seed superintendents and quality control officers take the supervision of outgrowers seriously and that.only recommended improved varieties are multiplied for sale to other farmers.
(i) Use of Farmer-to-Farmer Diffusion:
return to the use the use of SPATs as a means to encourage farmer-to-farmer distribution of existing varieties, by which farmers were given planting materials of cassava, enough to plant a 10m x 10m farm plot; when the crop matured the same quantity of cuttings was collected, and passed to another farmer. They later used the rest to plant a larger area and possibly gave some states to other farmers.
(ii) Expanded Privatization of Planting Materials Multiplication
ADPs need exploring other avenues of privatizing cassava multiplication (such as NGOs, limited liability companies etc).
Main CSDP objectives
Opportunities: Government policies on: