As part of the agreement with MINPMEESA, the CWBLA intends to make this production unit operational
MINPMEESA & CWBLA together to promote local industry
A few months after the signing of a partnership agreement to work hand in hand, the Ministry of Small and Medium Enterprises, Social Economy and Handicrafts (MINPMEESA) and the Cameroon Women Business Leaders Association (CWBLA) spend to concrete things with a first project: start a cassava processing plant in Mandjou (Bertoua).
MINPMEESA is committed to contributing to the establishment of a second generation agriculture, the development of the value chain, the fight against the post-harvest losses of the producers by the establishment and the operationalization of several pilot centers of agro-food processing.
Concerning this project of cassava processing plant in Mandjou, the contribution of MINPMEESA consisted, at first, to acquire the land and build the infrastructure to shelter the equipment.
In keeping with the main mission they have set themselves to promote the activities of women entrepreneurs and to empower young women to make them more able to contribute effectively to the development of Cameroon, the members of the CWBLA went down to Mandjou for an inventory to take the full measure of the work to be done in order to complete the work and start the production.
Mandjou’s cassava processing plant will produce, among others, tapioca, flour, organic cassava couscous for diabetics, starch, animal feed from cassava peelings.
Mandjou’s cassava processing plant will have a positive impact on the incomes of the local population with the creation of around 20 permanent jobs, hundreds of seasonal jobs and thousands of indirect jobs.
This project has the involvement of several other partners including the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MINADER) and AGROPOLE (Agro-Industry Promotion Program in Cameroon) working with the Ministry of Economy, Food and Agriculture. Planning and Land Use Planning (MINEPAT) to assist groups or associations in setting up industrial plantations, processing units and market development.