Cassava Mechanisation and Agro-processing Project (CAMAP)
Cassava is an economically impor¬tant crop in Sub-Saharan Africa, yet farmers in the region achieve on average a yield of just 7-9 tonnes per hectare, around a third of that pro¬duced by their counterparts in Asia and Latin America. The cassava mechanisation and agro-processing project (CAMAP) aims to improve cassava productivity through increasing the operational effi¬ciency and improving market linkages for smallholder farmers.
Currently in the three countries (Nigeria, Uganda and Zambia), CAMAP also promotes good agronomic practices, encouraging farmers to use improved stem varieties, fertiliser and herbicides, and ensure timely farm operations. Through the project, more than 18,500 hectares of land has been put under mecha¬nisation, with yield increase of more than 25 tonnes per hectare and in some instances reaching 40 tonnes
1) Upgrade and expand of traditional planting harvesting and processing methods.
2) Negotiate access and transfer of cassava mechanisation and agro processing technologies
3) Increase cassava production through mechanisation across the entire value chain.
4) Create market linkages between smallholder farmers and agro processing centers
5) Build the capacity of local entrepreneurs to design prototype machines, manufacture, maintain and repair equipment for planting, harvesting and processing cassava.