Economic impact of cassava processing on farmer’s income in Montserrado county, Liberia
Aletha Janjay Quoi, Guiyu Zhao, Affoh Raifatou
The studywas carried out to assess the economic impact of cassava processing on farmers income, the aim of the study were to examined the socio-economic characteristics of processors in the study area, determine the profitability level of processors, and analyzed the constraints to cassava processing and marketing. Data were collected with the aid of a questionnaire, face to face Interview were used as a medium to supplement the questionnaire in the case of illiterate respondents, and the study employed purposive sampling technique in selecting ninety eight 98 cassava farmers and processors for the study. Descriptive Analysis and Gross Margin Analysis (GMA) were used for data analysis through Excel and Statistical Packages for Social Sciences (SPSS). Gross Margin Analysis of the profitability to cassava processors revealed that value addition through cassava processing had a total Gross Margin of $3,250 as compare to non value addition at production level with a Gross Margin of $936.5. This indicates that value addition through cassava processing is more profitable in the study area. However, the constraints encountered by cassava processors during processing and marketing of products were; high cost of inputs, high transportation cost, inadequate storage facilities, poor road network, high perishability, poor product quality, use of crude implements, insufficient extension agents and fluctuation in product price. Against this backdrop the study recommends that government and non-governmental organizations should assist cassava farmers and processors with standardized processing facilities that will help in value addition to farmer’s products and improve their income levels.