The event dedicated to promoting this product and the many derivatives of this crop was held from Wednesday 1st to Thursday 2nd August 2018 in Sa’a.
The metropolitan of Sa’a, a locality in the Lékié Division, Centre Region vibrated from Wednesday to Thursday at the “Good Manioc Stick” fair and its derivatives. For its third edition, the event attracted a crowd of farmers who came to showcase their know-how. The visitor who walked the place of the celebrations of the pink city site of the event had water in the mouth compared to piles of sticks, trays of pastries, bottles of liquor, pots of Mboam Kpwem (cake cassava leaves) and “Ngoutigozo” or “war bread” in Central Africa, all made from cassava.
In the stands, a hundred participants from all over Central Africa particularly from; Gabon, Congo, Central African Republic, Chad and Cameroon. Countries that share a strong interest in cassava. In the opinion of Ida-Mathurine Ngbo-Ngbanbo, president of the Central African Women’s Organization, and Thérèse Atangana, president of the Association Solidarité Crat de Sa’a, this food is a source of food and income for many families. Only, “due to a lack of second-generation equipment, the difficulties of access to quality fertilizers and the poor quality of these derivatives, particularly the popular cassava stick worldwide, the industry is slow to take off” lamented Patrick Sumo Kamsu, Divisional officer for Lékié who presided over the ceremony.
Aware of the socio-economic importance of cassava for people in rural areas, the Africa Association and New Interdependencies (Ani) and the Network of Producers and Transformers of Cassava Lékié (Reptramal) wanted to instil in this section of the population the good practices inherent in this culture. And to better value this white gold, Romuald Ndzomo, founder of Ani International has endowed the council with a production plant of various derivatives of the tuber.
The Cameroonian government has released five new improved cassava varieties to help improve the food security of millions of people in the country.
The varieties which were developed through conventional breeding by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and partners are recognized as IITA genotypes as TMS 92/0326, TMS 96/1414, TMS 96/0023, TMS 92/0057, and TMS 92/0067.
With an estimated yield of between 20 tons and 35 tons per hectare, the improved varieties have improved nutritional qualities and are rich in caratenoids, iron and zinc. Partners that worked in the varietal development include the Programme National de Developpement des Racines et Tubercules (PNDRT), the Institute of Agricultural Research for Development (IRAD), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), non-governmental organizations and local farmers. The bi-products of cassava will help close the yield gaps, improve yield and also put more money in farmers’ pockets, reasons why the government continue to support farmers in Cameroon by offering improved varieties and technologies that address the constraints to development in tropical nations.