Cameroon: Ministry of Agriculture signs agreement with Defino&Giancaspro to develop cassava supply chain
A partnership agreement was signed between Cameroon’s Ministries of Agriculture and of Higher Education, the University of Yaounde’, the Polytechnic School and the Italian company Defino&Giancaspro for the transfer of know-how in the processing of cassava. The signing ceremony was presided by Agriculture Minister Henri Eyebe Ayssi, who emphasised the agreement’s importance in developing the agro-industrial supply chain of this widespread and popular foodstuff and for creating an on-site food-processing machinery design and manufacturing centre.
Defino&Giancaspro will be in charge of designing and building a prototype plant for processing cassava into flour, starch and other derivatives. The Italian company will supply technology capable of reducing the amount of waste normally produced in cassava processing from 30% to 5%, thus considerably increasing the yield of the foodstuff and the quality of the end product.
The overall value of the intervention entrusted to Defino&Giancaspro is estimated to be of around 3 million euros. The technology envisaged in the Agreement is expected to provide the first industrial plant prototype which the Ministry of Agriculture subsequently plans to install in four more of the Country’s regions.