Project Description: Agro-processing of cassava through nucleus farming and smallholder out-growers.
Grantee Name and Country: Psaltry International Limited, Nigeria
Project Name: Psaltry Cassava Nucleus Estate Out grower Programme
Grant Amount: £ 863,580
Project Start Date: 4th January 2016
Project Duration: Three years and three months
Value Chain: Cassava
Trading Corridor: Nigeria – Niger
Psaltry International Limited is an agribusiness established in 2005 operating a nucleus farm with outgrowers and a cassava agro-processing facility that produces high quality cassava starch. The company also provides support services including training, extension, and market linkage to its farmers. Psaltry sources its cassava from groups of smallholder farmers involving an estimated 5,000 farm families which include more than 2,000 registered and unregistered out-grower farm families. Other beneficiary groups in its supply chain include marketers, labourers, traders, transporters and input suppliers. The company’s head office, farms and factory are in Oyo State, Nigeria.
Summary of Grantee Project
Psaltry International Limited intends to diversify its current operations, which involves the production and processing of cassava roots into food grade starch to the production of pro-vitamin A cassava roots to be processed into gari, using their nucleus estate out-grower farmer scheme, for export to Niger. To achieve this the West Africa Food Markets Programme has provided matching funds of £ 863,580 to Psaltry to undertake two interdependent projects:
- Construction of a 7- ton per day factory that will process pro-vitamin A cassava roots into gari. Psaltry intends to export 50% pro-vitamin A gari to Niger.
- Development of pro-vitamin A cassava variety has been developed by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and is being distributed to farmers in conjunction with the International Fertilizer Development Centre (IFDC)