Worshop II - FAO - Iness Kondowole

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Worshop II - FAO - Iness Kondowole

  1. 1. Successful Agricultural SMEs:<br /> Case of Nkhotakota Cassava Processors Association<br />
  2. 2. Outline<br />Identification of entrepreneurs<br />Training of Cassava Processors<br />Processing equipment<br />Linkage to Financial institution<br />Achievements<br />Challenges<br />
  3. 3. 1. Identification of entrepreneurs<br />Attended sensitization meetings at local trading centres -by Total LandCare in KK, LL, SA.<br />Completed personal information forms <br /> (type of business, financial assets, access to banks & credit, interest in new enterprise)<br />
  4. 4. Criteria used to select<br />Have sound financial capital and assets<br />An established link with a financial institution<br />Has ability to procure cassava processing equipment<br /> 6 entrepreneurs (1F, 1 in SA and 5 in KK).<br />
  5. 5. 2. Training of Cassava Processors<br />Selected candidates went through a series of trainings:<br />Business management- July 08<br />
  6. 6. Training Cont’d<br />Cassava production and processing - July 08<br />
  7. 7. Training (cont’d)<br />Lessons on management and operations of an association (Field visit) – September 08<br />Introduction to potential cassava markets (visits to agro-industry)- Sept & Nov 08<br />
  8. 8. Training cont’d<br />Quality management systems for production and utilization of HQCF – Nov 2008<br />Hands on-Processing operations for Flour HQCF, fermented cassava products using the grate and press method. July 2010<br />
  9. 9. 3. Cassava Processing Equipment<br />Comprised a chipper, grater, hydraulic press and hammer mill- in January of 2009.<br /> Chipper Grater <br />
  10. 10. 1-ton hydraulic press Hammer mill<br />.<br />
  11. 11. 4. Linkage with Financial institution<br />More funds were required for construction of processing facilities for compliance to national Standards for food processing <br />Project provided a seed loan fund, on condition that it be managed by a financial institution and NBS showed interest to work with the project.<br />
  12. 12. Linkage cont’d<br />Project created a loan fund equiv to US$25,000 for members to access.<br />Each member got a loan of about $2,000 on 15% interest rate, to use for buying construction material.<br />
  13. 13. Processing house<br />
  14. 14. Processing houses<br />
  15. 15. 5. Achievements<br />Members have technical knowledge on how to process HQCF<br />Each member has constructed processing premises compliant to MBS<br />Have processed 2500 kg of HQCF and 500 kg sent to manufactures for test runs.<br />Association nationally recognized and participates in public events<br />
  16. 16. achievements<br />
  17. 17. 6. Challenges<br />Insufficient funds for buying fresh cassava<br />Need for solar driers HQCF processing is best done in dry hot weather, however, farmers harvest cassava when its about planting time inorder to access cuttings for next crop.<br />
  18. 18. Office<br />
  19. 19. Thank you!<br />

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