How to Grow Cassava

Cassava is grown widely in tropical countries. It was domesticated in the Americas and introduced in Africa by the Portuguese. It is a hardy plant that can tolerate harsh conditions. Major producers are Brazil, Nigeria, Thailand, Zaire, India, and Colombia. Brazil is the largest producer. Thailand is the largest exporter.
Cassava grows well in loose rich soil with lots of heat and enough water. It takes 8 to 12 months for cassava to mature. Start by cutting the stem of a cassava plant that has produced well.

  1. Cut the stems into pieces of  6 inches
  2. Treat with a fungacide
  3. Keep in cool dry area for 10 days after cutting.
  4. Till the beds forming ridges and place the cut stems into dug holes and cover half-way up the stem with soil. Cassava stems should be 1 yard apart.
  5. If weeds start growing around the stem, clear all weeds.

Climate Change

Cassava is a survival crop. Scientist are encouraging its production, due to its ability to withstand extreme weather conditions. It is an ideal plant for climate change.

Works Cited

IITA Publishing. Rapid Multiplication of Cassava: Part 1 of 2
IITA Publishing. Rapid Multiplication of Cassava: Part 2 of 2
FAO Corporate Document Repository. Agriculture and Consumer Protection. Cassava Processing. ID 21039
Braley, Heidi(1997-2010). How to Grow Cassava., Demand Media, 

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