Traditional Market

When we talked about traditional market in my country we will imagine that so many people surrounding us, crowded almost difficult to breath. I have an experience when I buy a hand mixer wow it takes 2 hours and it takes my energy. Yes that the situation we accept or not but this is the fact, and we need it.

To fulfill my needs for my business I do often shopping and searching goods to run my shop, for instant like wooden spoon or spatulas for my cassava product and sometimes I could not find easily, struggling from narrow to narrow and facing so many people with the different proposed. Sometime I can enjoy this but sometime I feel boring with this kind of situation, what can I say I need that stuff, so just do it.

By chance I have a closed friend informed to me that he no longer facing the same situation like me, he show me the solution and it really simple and easy to do we only need to used our finger and pick up the goods from their links and I rather called it super mall and I guarantee that you will have more efficient time and less of effort.

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Disease-Resistant Cassava Cloned at Namulonge

SCIENTISTS at the National Crop Resources Research Institute in Namulonge, Wakiso district have developed cassava clones resistant to cassava brown streak disease.

The clones were developed from 20,000 cassava seeds, which were imported from Tanzania early this year. "So far out of the 116 clones, 15 may be tolerant to the disease," said Dr. Titus Alicai, a cassava scientist at Namulonge.

"Farmers should not start demanding these clones, they need to give us time to study them before we start multiplying them," he said.

The disease initially reported in two districts in 2004 has spread to over 25 districts, including Arua, Gulu, Apac, Mubende, Hoima, Kasese, Kumi, Busia, Pallisa, Mukono, Wakiso and Luweero.

Dr Alicai warned farmers and some NGOs against transporting planting materials from the affected districts. He, however, regretted that transportation of planting materials of vegetatively propagated crops like cassava, bananas and sweet potato vines could not be easy to regulate as in the case of livestock.

"In the crop sector, nothing is done that is why the disease initially reported in two districts has rapidly spread in over 25 districts," he lamented.

The workshop which was organised by Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) was aimed at enhancing cassava production.

The FAO country representative Percy Misika called for team work to save a food crop that ranks second to bananas in terms of production.

Why cassava?

  • It is drought-resistant.
  • It can do well in acidic and poor soils
  • Farmers can esaily harvest it whenever there is a need.
  • It is vegetatively propagated thus making it easy to maintain and multiply it. It requires low levels of production inputs.

  • Cassava tubers can be eaten as food.
  • Tubers can be milled into flour.
  • Cassava leaves are eaten as vegetables, especially in times of food scarcity.
  • Manufacture of starch for use in brewing, textiles, paper industries and making of livestock feeds.

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Useful equipments

After doing the trial for several day, I am still could not find cooking supplies that can help me to finished my project faster. I am not really perfectionist person, but sometime my deadline is really short period.

I remember my father always told me that you will need a professional cookware if you want to develop a professional restaurant, one of my favorite menu is cheese cassava, actually it’s really simple menu just a combination, cassava and cheese but to cook this menu little bit difficult if we can not find cooking supplies that really fit.

Several month since I open my restaurant, and it’s just the beginning to continue my journey to open another and I believe that if we have an eager and we also have the right tools nothing is impossible.

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Business Oportunity

It's common practice for now days, that business need to develop our branded just to build image or knowing by people and the good think is we need less effort if you can chose franchises usually the top branded Company will offering a chance for us to develop together with them by using their branded.

For several year running the business is not something that really difficult, for instant many franchise opportunity that we just simply can grab it. Although this is not less of effort but capital is a must to joint with their program, for sure it doesn’t mean that we can not effort it. They already has an agenda that easy to understand.

Franchise opportunities has been offering by many of top branded Company, we just need to follow their regulation, system and so on, although for new comer they feel that the system and regulation very easy but please make sure that before we decide to use one of their program we must understand exactly how the regulation just to make sure that at the end we’re not disappointed. Please be sure that the program that they offering is the simple program that we can understand and also please make sure that we can effort it.

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Lampung builds special school to support bioenergy program

The Lampung provincial administration is building an integrated biofuel school in Central Lampung regency as part of its plan to become a national bioenergy center.

Construction of the special school in Sulusuban village, Central Lampung, is expected to cost Rp 216 billion (US$19.6 million), funded by the central government (50 percent), province (30 percent) and regency (20 percent).

Construction work commenced in the middle of the year and is scheduled for completion in 2017.

Head of the Lampung office Development Planning Board, Suryono S.W., said the school would be located within the compound of the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) in Sulusuban village in Seputihagung district.

"The budgeted Rp 216 billion will be used to build the school, from elementary to university levels. A vocational school will be built in the initial phase, followed by a polytechnic," Suryono said recently.

"Both schools will focus on the field of bioenergy. The integrated school will also be associated with BPPT's large-scale projects."

According to Suryono, the Lampung provincial administration is serious about turning the province into a center for renewable energy. It is also actively seeking to attract investors in building cassava- and jatropha-based biofuel plants, as well as supporting and empowering farmers to cultivate the crops.

"A number of investors from South Korea and China have currently signed memorandums of understanding with the Lampung administration to build bioenergy plants. BPPT in Sulusuban has also spearheaded bioethanol development in Indonesia," Suryono said.

"So it's very timely that the administration is working with the BPPT in setting up and developing the special school."

He said the potential for bioenergy in Lampung was very promising because of the area's vast cassava plantations and a number of bioethanol plants in Central and North Lampung regencies.

"They should be supported by skilled workers in the field of bioenergy. That's why we have built the integrated bioenergy school," he added.

The cooperation with BPPT, said Suryono, took the form of land use and provision of teaching staff.

"BPPT has provided 317 hectares for the school, and construction commenced this year," he said.

A number of investors have been building bioethanol factories in Lampung since 2006. PT Medco, for instance, has invested $40 million in North Lampung in developing renewable bioethanol at an output capacity of 60 million liters annually.

The plant also produces biogas to feed boilers, 33,000 metric tons of liquid carbon dioxide, 13,000 metric tons of organic fertilizer and 118,000 liters of fusel oil.

In Central Lampung, PT Medco has built a biodiesel plant based on crude palm oil at a cost of around $6 million, deriving raw materials from palm oil farmers.

For raw materials, PT Medco has developed a partnership program encompassing six districts in Central Lampung over a total of 7,901 hectares: Pubiam (1,773 ha), Padang Ratu (1,939 ha), Selagai Lingga (1,178 ha), Sendang Agung (972 ha), Anak Tuha (1,662 ha) and Anak Ratu Aji (377 ha).

PT Madu Lampung Indah has also set up a bioethanol plant with an output capacity of 50 million liters annually. It is currently using about 1,600 hectares of cassava farms and expects to be able to manage 4,000 hectares of cassava farms in partnership programs with farmers in East and South Lampung regencies.

The Lampung BPPT office has been developing bioenergy fuel since the 1980s, with the arrival of equipment bought with the assistance of the Japanese government. Researchers at BPPT have conducted further studies on other raw materials for bioethanol, such as sugarcane, corn and other crops.

Earlier, Lampung BPPT researchers developed raw material for bioethanol from molasses at a 20.5 percent sugar content. However, sugarcane supplies were limited at the time because of the demand from the food industry.

One BPPT researcher, Arief Yudiarto, said that, according to Lampung BPPT's estimates, Indonesia would have to set up 50 new bioethanol-processing plants by 2010 if the entire petroleum demand in Indonesia were replaced by gasohol, which has an ethanol content of 10 percent (Gasohol BE-10).

"That is if Indonesia wants to be serious about developing renewable energies," Arief said.

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Cassava earns global awards

A major break though in cassava processing has earned global awards for a Nigerian institution. The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture won two awards for in-depth researches into cassava and cocoa that helped in fighting hunger and poverty in Africa.

A statement to the Ghana Office of AfricaNews from Godwin Atser, Corporate Communications Officer (West Africa) of IITA said the awards included “Outstanding Agricultural Technology in sub-Saharan Africa and Outstanding Communications.” The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research instituted the award.

Dr Lateef Sanni Oladimeji of the University of Agriculture in Abeokuta, Nigeria, who is also IITA’s Postharvest Specialist received the 2008 CGIAR Regional Award for Outstanding Agricultural Technology in sub-Saharan Africa, the statement said.

The CGIAR is a strategic alliance of members, partners and international agricultural centers that mobilizes science to benefit the poor. According to CGIAR at its annual conference in Maputo, Sanni’s expertise in drying technologies has contributed to considerable income and employment gains for numerous small and medium scale enterprises in Nigeria and several other West African countries.

The statement added: “Sanni initially designed a rotary dryer that increased production of cassava flour to 300 kilograms (kg) every 8 hours. It was then disseminated to cassava processing facilities in southwest and southeast Nigeria. More recently, within IITA’s Integrated Cassava Project, he assembled a team of engineers that has designed a “flash” dryer capable of drying 250 kg of cassava flour per hour.”

“His work has helped to increase the use of locally-manufactured flash dryers in Nigeria from two units before 2003, to over 60 units today. Sanni was presented the award after a short video showcasing his excellent work,” the statement said.

Communication category

On the other hand, Dr. Soniia David, IITA’s Technology Transfer Specialist, and her team at the Sustainable Tree Crops Program received the 2008 CGIAR Science Awards - Outstanding Communications Category for training farmers in West African countries to use digital video cameras as a way to share knowledge of sustainable cocoa production. By setting up Video Viewing Clubs (VVC), the team got together groups of farmers to watch and learn from the videos.

To date, 450 farmers in Ghana have participated in VVCs. Farmers who adopted the crop and pest management practices promoted by the YouTube videos are likely to increase yields by 20-40 per cent and decrease pesticide use by 10-20 per cent.
Dr Paula Bramel, IITA’s Deputy Director-General Research, received the award on behalf of David.

IITA's work on banana in Uganda was also extensively featured in the winning entry for the broadcast journalism category of the CGIAR-FARA 2008 Award for Excellence in Agricultural Science Journalism in Africa.

Patricia Oyella, editor and reporter at WBS TV in Uganda, received the award for her broadcast feature, “Saving the Cooking Banana,” shown on WBS TV and on Business Africa, a program broadcast on a network of more than 45 African and five European partner channels. The feature demonstrated the importance of this food crop in Africa, the problems faced by banana farmers, and the solutions offered by researchers.

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Barbecue cassava chips

For those who love the crunch of a good chip, JP Tropical Foods Division, the new face of Jamaica Producers food brands, has added cassava chips to its range of snacks.

Available in original and barbecue flavours, the tuber, which has been getting a lot of attention in recent months, has joined banana, breadfruit and plantain as raw material for the company's chips.

Consumers like product

"When we tested the concept of St Mary's Cassava Chips with consumers, they told us they liked it, because not only do they taste great, but consumers are impressed with the fact that compared to potato chips, they are loaded with vitamin C
, have fewer calories, 20 per cent less fat and more than twice the fibre," said Rolf Simmonds, commercial director of Jamaica Producers Group Limited at the product launch last Wednesday.

The cassava chips are joining a family of already successful products with St Mary's Banana Chips being the most popular.

"Over a million packs of banana chips are consumed in any given week here in Jamaica," said Simmonds.

He also announced that the banana chips will also be available in barbecue flavour.

With a good track record for making chips, the company is taking a chance with cassava chips, which, according to Simmonds, reinforces its commitment to Jamaica's agricultural sector.

Minister of Agriculture Christopher Tufton, who was the special guest at the launch at the Annotto Bay farm, reinforced Jamaica's need to produce more with its own resources to ensure food security. He applauded Jamaica Producers' move to improve their company and products.

"I want to place on record and certainly articulate explicitly how much I believe that this is a positive move and a move that will certainly act as a catalyst for others to follow," said the minister.

"Everybody calls me 'the cassava man' so today I feel vindicated that cassava is now not only in the fields but you can get it in original and barbecue," he quipped.

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