Cassava supplies a valuable and inexpensive source of carbohydrates in the Caribbean Islands.
Cassava supplies a valuable and inexpensive source of carbohydrates in the Caribbean Islands. In Jamaica, most of the cassava production is hosted by small scale farmers with low technology leading to low volume of output. On noticing this, the Jamaican government under the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries has approved the lease of 250 acres of land to Red Stripe brewery company for cassava farming. Previously, the company imported barley thus raising the cost of production. The brewery will help local farmers plant more cassava and offer market by purchasing domestically. Over the next four years, the brewery will increase cassava production to 2,400 acres. As an actor in the cassava value chain, the Jamaican government has created a conducive investment environment for private sector. This comes when the Ministry plan to expand the agro-park for cassava production which will be hosted by a new cassava processing factory end of this year. The factory intends to supply cassava flour to the baking industries in the country.