Tanzania’s Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa Majaliwa has recently inaugurated the country’s first high-quality cassava flour factory in the coastal region on Lindi.
The factory, part of Cassava Starch of Tanzania Corporation (CSTC) that grows and processes cassava in 800 hectares on the Makonde Platea, will produce more than 6,000 metric tons of high-quality cassava flour per year.
CSTC has been operating since 2012 with the objective of identifying and developing the best variety of cassava for high-quality flour and native starch, for the domestic use and exports.
Cassava production in Tanzania is estimated at 5.4m t according to the 2012 Food and Agriculture Organization Corporate Statistical Database.
In that year Tanzania was the 12th largest cassava producer in the world and the 6th largest in Africa after Nigeria (top producer in the word), DRC, Ghana, Angola, and Mozambique.
Cassava is among the agricultural produce that Tanzania is highly prioritizing to boost the country’s economy.
On June 2018 Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa directed the Ministry of Trade, Industries and Investment and that of Agriculture to form a special committee of experts to go through the challenges facing cassava farmers, impeding the sales of their the cash crop in the Chinese Market.