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Activities of the Caltech Ventures ltd in the Cassava Industry in Ghana by Ben Bentil
Activities of the Caltech Ventures ltd in the Cassava Industry in Ghana by Ben Bentil
Activities of the Caltech Ventures ltd in the Cassava Industry in Ghana by Ben Bentil
Activities of the Caltech Ventures ltd in the Cassava Industry in Ghana by Ben Bentil
Activities of the Caltech Ventures ltd in the Cassava Industry in Ghana by Ben Bentil
Activities of the Caltech Ventures ltd in the Cassava Industry in Ghana by Ben Bentil
Activities of the Caltech Ventures ltd in the Cassava Industry in Ghana by Ben Bentil
Activities of the Caltech Ventures ltd in the Cassava Industry in Ghana by Ben Bentil
Activities of the Caltech Ventures ltd in the Cassava Industry in Ghana by Ben Bentil
Activities of the Caltech Ventures ltd in the Cassava Industry in Ghana by Ben Bentil
Activities of the Caltech Ventures ltd in the Cassava Industry in Ghana by Ben Bentil
Activities of the Caltech Ventures ltd in the Cassava Industry in Ghana by Ben Bentil
Activities of the Caltech Ventures ltd in the Cassava Industry in Ghana by Ben Bentil
Activities of the Caltech Ventures ltd in the Cassava Industry in Ghana by Ben Bentil
Activities of the Caltech Ventures ltd in the Cassava Industry in Ghana by Ben Bentil
Activities of the Caltech Ventures ltd in the Cassava Industry in Ghana by Ben Bentil
Activities of the Caltech Ventures ltd in the Cassava Industry in Ghana by Ben Bentil
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Activities of the Caltech Ventures ltd in the Cassava Industry in Ghana by Ben Bentil

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  • 1. ACTIVITIES OF CALTECH VENTURES LIMITED IN THE CASSAVA INDUSTRY IN GHANA PRESENTED BY: BEN BENTIL WORKSHOP ORGANISED BY IFAD GOLDEN TULIP HOTEL, ACCRA DATE: 18 TH -19 TH OCTOBER, 2010
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  • 3. OUTLINE OF PRESENTATION <ul><li>INTRODUCTION </li></ul><ul><li>OBJECTIVES OF CALTECH </li></ul><ul><li>JUSTIFICATION </li></ul><ul><li>STRATEGY OF IMPLEMENTATION </li></ul><ul><li>CASSAVA PROCESSING </li></ul><ul><li>QUALITY PARAMETERS OF FRESH CASSAVA ROOTS. </li></ul><ul><li>COLLABORATIONS </li></ul><ul><li>FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS ON FARMERS </li></ul><ul><li>FUTURE PLANS </li></ul>
  • 4. <ul><li>INTRODUCTION </li></ul><ul><li>Caltech is a Limited liability company </li></ul><ul><li>Incorporated in 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Head office Accra (Spintex Rd ) </li></ul><ul><li>Farm operational area: Ho; Volta Region, about 170km from Accra </li></ul>
  • 5. OBJECTIVES OF CALTECH <ul><li>To establish a 30,000 Lit per day ethanol production facility in Ghana(Medium term) </li></ul><ul><li>To Produce biodiesel to fuel the companies farm machines </li></ul><ul><li>To Produce starch </li></ul><ul><li>To Produce other cassava based food product for local market </li></ul><ul><li>To Produce HQCF </li></ul>
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  • 7. C. JUSTIFICATION FOR THE PROJECT <ul><li>Caltech/Banket Ltd is one of the biggest buyers/seller of extra neutral ethanol. </li></ul><ul><li>Ethanol purchases for the last 3 years: </li></ul><ul><li>Purchases QTY(Lits) Av. Buying Av.Selling </li></ul><ul><li>Price Price </li></ul><ul><li>2007 7.2 million $0.70/lit $0.82/lit </li></ul><ul><li>8.0 million $0.80/lit $0.92/lit </li></ul><ul><li>7.0 million $0.82/lit $0.97/lit </li></ul><ul><li>Available market </li></ul><ul><li>Availability of land in the Volta Region. </li></ul><ul><li>Good agro-climatic conditions </li></ul><ul><li>Government interventions in cassava programme ie PSI </li></ul><ul><li>Excellent research result on cassava and soya cultivation </li></ul>
  • 8. D. STRATEGIES OF IMPLEMENTATION <ul><li>Acquisition of 3,000 Ha of land in the Volta Region. </li></ul><ul><li>Division of land into farm blocks of 100 Ha each (easy mgt) </li></ul><ul><li>Soybean considered as fallow crop and intercrop. </li></ul><ul><li>-Rhizobacteriuin japanicum </li></ul><ul><li>Nodulation </li></ul><ul><li>-Nitrogen fixation </li></ul><ul><li>Soybean oil - Biodiesel </li></ul><ul><li>Soybean cake – Animal feed millers. </li></ul><ul><li>Registration and support for out growers (Block farmers) and farm families. </li></ul>
  • 9. E. PRESENT LEVEL OF OPERATION <ul><li>CASSAVA: </li></ul><ul><li>Nucleus farm = 800 Ha </li></ul><ul><li>Out growers/farm families (165) = 330 Ha </li></ul><ul><li>Block farmers (10) = 50 Ha </li></ul><ul><li>TOTAL 1,180 Ha </li></ul>
  • 10. <ul><li>SOYBEAN-2 CROPS PER YEAR </li></ul><ul><li>Nucleus farm - fallow crop – 349 Ha </li></ul><ul><li>-Inter crop – 80 Ha </li></ul><ul><li>Out growers/Block farmers (10) – 40 Ha </li></ul><ul><li>PROCESSING </li></ul>COMMODITIES SHORT TERM MEDIUM TERM .Ethanol __ 30,000Lit/day .HQCF 10 tons/day 15 tons/day .Starch __ 20 tons/day .Biodiesel 400 lits/day 800 lits/day .Dough 6 tons/day __ .Pressed Cake 4 tons/day __
  • 11. QUALITY PARAMETERS OF FRESH CASSAVA TUBER DELIVERIES <ul><li>Uproot mature plant (10-12 months maturity) </li></ul><ul><li>Deliver freshly harvested roots </li></ul><ul><li>Stalk neatly removed </li></ul><ul><li>No sign of deterioration </li></ul><ul><li>Relatively high starch content </li></ul><ul><li>Roots should have intact skin and cortex . </li></ul>
  • 12. COLLABRATIONS Caltech Ventures Ltd CLAYUCA CIAT EMBRAPA CRI (CSIR) UNIVERSITIES IITA
  • 13. FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS ON OUT GROWERS AND BLOCK FARMERS <ul><li>Crop Cost of Yield Buying Gross Net income </li></ul><ul><li>production/ (tons) Price/ton Income/ Per Ha </li></ul><ul><li>Ha Ha </li></ul><ul><li>Cassava $465 20 $36 $720 $255 </li></ul><ul><li>Soybean $300 2 $285 $570 $270 </li></ul><ul><li>Investment in children’s education </li></ul><ul><li>Purchase of building materials </li></ul><ul><li>Employment opportunities </li></ul>
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  • 15. FUTURE PLANS <ul><li>OUTGROWERS/BLOCKFARMERS : </li></ul><ul><li>Cover 6 more district in Volta Region; 1500 farmers in 100 communities. </li></ul><ul><li>To cultivate cassava and produce chips for Caltech </li></ul><ul><li>(150 tons/Day) </li></ul><ul><li>Nucleus farm – Block farms (500 farm families) </li></ul><ul><li>Expected Returns = $1500/Farmer/Year </li></ul><ul><li>CALTECH (PROCESSING ) </li></ul><ul><li>Ethanol = 55,000 Lits/Day </li></ul><ul><li>Biodiesel =1000 Lits/Day </li></ul><ul><li>HQCF/Starch = 20 tons/Day </li></ul>
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  • 17. THANK YOU

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