The Cassava Adding Value for Africa Phase II Project (CAVA II) team in Uganda and Tanzania recently hosted the Project Director, Professor Kolawole Adebayo accompanied by the Project CommunicationAssistant Mrs HalimatBadmos-Okunlola. The aim of the visit was to supervise the implementation and progress of the project activities and provide technical backup in both country of operations.
In Uganda, the Project Director visited the new cassava processing factories of Windwood Millers Limited and Adyaka wholesalers Ltd whose acquisition of flash dryers were facilitated by the CAVA II project in Lira and Apac Districts respectively in Northern Uganda.
Prof. Adebayo congratulated the two investors on the progress made in making the flash dryers fully operational. He encouraged them to keep the good work going and pledged that CAVA II as a project would continuously guide them to make sure that as leading processors of High Quality Cassava Flour (HQCF) in Uganda, their product meet up with the market requirements to maximise profit.
Also, the Project Director graced farmer field day organized by a CAVA II beneficiary, Mr. Akutu Augustine. The farmers field day had in attendance over 150 participants among other prominent dignitaries including Hon. Musa Ecweru, the Minister of State for Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Refugees at the Office of the Prime Minister. Mr Akutu Augustine through the CAVA II has become a prominent cassava farmer who has progressed and made millions of Uganda Shilling in cultivating cassava.
Mr. Akutu appreciated the CAVA II project for making him able to successfully impact on the lives of the smallholder cassava farmers in Uganda by giving them certified planting materials to plant on their farms. Prof. Adebayo applauded and appreciated the entire CAVA II Uganda team and urged them not to relent their effort to ensure smooth operations of the project in Uganda.
However, in Tanzania, Prof. Adebayo visited the Cassava Processing Groups (CPGs) and SMEs working with the CAVA II project. His visit was to Muungano CPG located at Mtangalanga, Ukombozi CPG located at Mahuta, Jitegemee B at Mbawala and Kizapala CPG located at Mkuranga. The CPGs disclosed during the visit their level of collaboration and support given to them by the project in training them to produce quality cassava flour and linking them to ready market to sell their products. Through this trainings and market linkages, they have been able to improve the quality of their product. Samples of their HQCF was tested by a Canadian researcher and confirmed the best in the whole of Tanzania. They have also been able to expand their production and make more profit to improve their standard of living. They appreciated the visit of the project director and look forward to more support in the future.
Rum-Zahrain processing unit at Mtendachi village was visited by the Project Director. Rum-Zahrain is owned by Mrs RukiaLiumba who with support from CAVA II, was able to acquire processing equipment, installation of solar house with all equipment’s including (60 racks, fans and solar panels). The solar house with 60 racks have the capacity of drying 600kg of grits which is equivalent to 2.4 Tons of fresh roots per day. “Now am very happy through the support of solar house from CAVA II project, I can now expand my business and process more than 10 tons of fresh roots per week”. RukiaLiumba. The Project Director’s final visit was to Mercibel processing unit located at Mikocheni, Dar es Salaam. Mercy Silla is the Director/Proprietor of Mercibel processing unit and a retired Financial Administrator at the Tanzania Food and Nutrition Centre (TFNC). Prior retirement, she had developed interest in cassava farming and taught of it as a retirement plan. Immediately she retired, she approached CAVA II Tanzania team on how to start. She was trained and now a proud owner of a cassava factory. Her product is all over the shelves of supermarkets within her area.
Prof. Adebayo appreciated the effort of the CAVA II Tanzania team led by the Country Manager, Mrs Grace Mahende and urged them to continue the good work to achieve the project target at the end of the project year.