MWILA NTAMBI, Mansa
CAMCO Limited says it will soon introduce a set of equipment to make the planting, harvesting and processing of cassava tubers easier for farmers.
In an interview recently, Camco general manager Lee Guanly Yu said the company wants to introduce the equipment to support the increase in cassava production.
Mr Lee said the set of equipment will be the first of its kind on the Zambian market.
“The company is in the process of introducing cassava planters for the Luapula market to make it easier and more efficient for farmers to plant their crop.
“We also intend to launch cassava harvesters to help farmers improve the speed at which they harvest their crops when it is ready,” Mr Lee said.
The company exhibited at the recently held Luapula Province Tourism and Investment Expo.
Apart from harvesters, Camco will also introduce a cassava screening machine to filter cassava meal by leaving out large particles while the cassava presser will be used to remove moisture from the cassava and to allow it to dry quickly.
“At the moment, most farmers dry their cassava in the sun and that process really takes long but the pressers will help it to dry quicker,” he said.
Mr Lee said the cassava grinding machine will then grind the cassava into smaller particles and complete the processing.
“We hope farmers will embrace and use the new equipment to help improve their production capacity as well as efficiency.