WACOMP Ghana and Tropical Starch joining forces to empower cassava processors and out-growers

WACOMP Ghana is supporting Tropical Starch Company Limited in establishing links with over 230 out-grower farmers of Abura Asebu Kwamankese and Nyame Bekyere, with the objective to produce and supply quality improved cassava products to the factory.

Tropical Starch is a food processing company located in the Abura Asebu-Kwamankese District in the Central Region of Ghana, specialising in the manufacture of high quality cassava flour and potato gari. In operation since 2005, the company currently has a processing capacity of two tonnes of high quality cassava flour and 200 kg of Apomudzen gari per day. WACOMP has helped the cassava cluster to strengthen the links between the producers and the processing unit by improving product quality and building the capacity of management and staff to increase production.

Through the project, the company will purchase and distribute high-yielding planting materials to farmers, while ensuring best agronomic practices and climate-smart agriculture, facilitate extension services, provide agricultural inputs and equipment, such as a stainless steel gari processing machine and a semi-processing machine (cassava grater), and support product certification. The result will be a more efficient cluster in the central region.

As part of this support, the project will also help the company to improve its production capacity by purchasing more efficient processing technologies as well as to strengthen management skills in the areas of marketing, product packaging, trade negotiation and product diversification.

"This support from WACOMP-Ghana not only creates jobs for the people, but also encourages buyers to source from the cluster as the quality of our products is improved, with the obvious effect of alleviating the poverty of the people in the region," says Alhaji Musa Ali, Managing Director of Tropical Starch Company Limited.

"Since we started, more and more farmers want to adhere. Today 300 farmers are benefiting from the collaboration with the processing unit and we are working closely with the district director of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MofA). Many farmers have already received improved cassava varieties," he said.

Monday, August 30, 2021 - 14:30

This program is funded by the European Union with the technical support of UNIDO, the implementing Agency

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