I. Y. Jabil, I. Mohammed, I. O. Khalid, M. Joseph


The study evaluated constraints to cassava value chain development in Nasarawa state, Nigeria. Data were collected from 1,360 cassava farmers, processors and marketers using questionnaire and analyzed descriptively for mean scores. Poor road network resulting to high cost of transportations for cassava roots (3.1) was a severe problem. Other constraints included inadequate capital (3.0), labour intensity and drudgery (2.9), poor market price (2.9) and low demand for cassava roots (2.8), and perishability of cassava roots (2.6). Low sunshine and temperature for sun-drying in wet-season was a severe constraint (3.0). Other environmental constraints were harvesting difficulties in dry season period (2.9) and water shortage (2.7). Smaller cassava roots consume more labor during peeling (2.9), and irregular cassava root shapes resulting in loss during peeling (2.5) were severe constraints to cassava processing. Inadequate capital (2.9) and inadequate market for cassava processed products (2.8 were recorded). During wet season, sunshine and intensity are shortened and relatively low (3.0) due to cloud cover. Also, the atmospheric humidity is high, making sun-drying difficult. Poor market price for cassava value added products (3.2) was recorded to be a severe constraint to their marketing effort. Other constraints to marketing of cassava products are poor road network resulting to high cost of transport (3.0), market competition with imported substitutes (2.9), lack of standardization (2.6) and low demand for cassava products (2.5). Farmers should allow their cassava to fully mature before it is harvested, and processing of the cassava be done in the dry season for proper sun drying and good quality.

Keywords: constraints, value chain, marketing, value addition, development

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