Dutch Officials Paid Visit Cassava Processing Unit Burundi

1 April, 2019

Original Source: ICCO 

The cassava processing unit is located in a vast plain with palm oil plantations, about 500 meters from Bujumbura-Rumonge road and 300 meters from Tanganyika Lake. Created in 2012, URUMURI has strengthened over the years. It currently has 80 active members, including 41 men and 39 women; and more than 600 small producers are connected to the unit. From the beginning, URUMURI has given itself the mission to transform and market the good quality cassava flour.

Challenges Addressed

As soon as the processing unit started, it faced incredible challenges. Such as cassava processing equipment, potable water, skills to process cassava into various cassava derived products, and the working capital in order to get raw materials. This undermined the quality of the flour produced which was uncontrolled and not legally known. It is in this grid of problems that the technical and financial support of the program Microfinance, Agri-finance and Value Chains in Burundi (MAVC) of ICCO Cooperation intervened, funded by the Dutch Embassy in Burundi.

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