The Mkuranga District Commercial Farmers Organization (DCFO) successfully delivered 3075kg of high quality cassava flour to Coast Millers Ltd. on 12th November 2013, with support from the Common Fund of Commodities (CFC).
Since September 2013, VECO and DCFO have been negotiating with CFC about the delivery of 5 tons of cassava flour. However, there was a delay as the Tanzanian Bureau of Standards had to be involved. This did not deter the farmers, as 3 of the 6 CFO processing centers were still able to deliver 3 tons.
If the first supply of cassava is successfully launched to the national market, the DCFO could sign a supply contract of up to 12 months!
All 8 cooperatives supported by VECO will continue producing flour under their own brand, selling in a variety of shops. The organized delivery to Coastal Millers is an additional income and proves that the CFFOs have the capacity to deliver bulk quality produce on time. The 8 cooperatives involve 380 farming families.