In April 2018, the West Africa Food Markets Programme (WAFM) funded by Ukaid-DFID, facilitated a learning tour for Ms. Yemisi Iranloye, the CEO of Psaltry International from Nigeria to Amya Agro Plus in Ghana. The tour was a cross-learning on best practices in cassava high yield planting materials, cultivation, and processing. The objective of the study trip was for Psaltry management and lead farmer to learn about the agronomic practices currently applied by Amya Ago Plus in Ghana that is resulting in the high yields to replicate in Nigeria.
Psaltry International and Amya Agro, though located in different countries, have a lot of similarities; they are both grantees of WAFM, involved in cassava value chains and are led by progressive women entrepreneurs.
Psaltry International, located in Ogun State, Nigeria produces 15,000 metric tonnes of High Quality Cassava Starch, 6,000 metric tons of High Quality Cassava Flour and 3,500 metric tonnes of Gari per year. Psaltry has recently invested in production of pro-vitamin-A fortified gari using semi-mechanized technology. Psaltry also works with 1,750 smallholder cassava farmers and has engaged additional 2,000 new farmers.
While Amya Agro Plus is located in Wenchi in Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana, it produces and processes cassava into fortified gari for local and cross-border markets. The company also plans to process High Quality Cassava Flour in near future. Amya works with over 2000 smallholder farmers as out-growers.
According to Ms. Yemisi Iranloye the learning tour was very practical as she was introduced to the cassava varieties and technical knowledge about blended fertilizer usage, all this resulting in high cassava output in Ghana. Ms. Iranloye took back home the agronomic practices and technical knowledge for further adaptation at her own farms and the precise knowledge on the effect of organic and inorganic fertilizer application on the yield of cassava as well. The tour also afforded Psaltry the opportunity to learn about systems for prompt monitoring and supervision of cassava farms from planting till harvesting.
Psaltry, Ms. Iranloye stated that she would establish demonstration plots for Psaltry out-growers in Nigeria where all the agronomic practices learned will be further reapplied before transferring it to their commercial farms for industrial production.