Cassava planter

Mechanization of Cassava Production Systems

Cassava, or manioc (Manihot esculenta ), is a root crop which, perhaps much to the surprise of folks outside the tropic regions of the world, accounts for approximately 30% of the planet’s production of root and tuber-based food crops; although there is a certain lack of mechanization of Cassava production.  This perennial woody shrub grows to a height between 1-3 meters in height, with palmate leaves and cone-shaped roots.  Starch is stored in the root, and covered with a [...]

MECHANISATION OF AGRICULTURE IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

By Trevor Bullen, BSc Agricultural Engineering, Contributing Author. World Bank indicators show that Sub- Saharan Africa has 1 billion hectares of agricultural land which is approximately 42% of the land in sub-Saharan Africa. Of this, approximately 25% is currently under crop today, the majority of which is on a seasonal basis. The population in the region is some 856 million, a population density of approximately 40 per square kilometer compared to 116 in Europe. The numbers above could suggest that there [...]

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