Dutch Agricultural Development & Trading Company BV - The Netherlands

tel: +31 85 489 2170

Dutch Agricultural Development Company Ltd. - Nigeria

tel: +234 802 705 8535

DADTCO Mandioca Moçambique Lda -

tel: +258 2621 3936

DADTCO Cassava Processing Ghana Ltd -

tel: +233 24 498 5572


DADTCO Nigeria

DADTCO Netherlands is the main (95%) shareholder of Dutch Agricultural Development Company Nigeria (DADTCO Nigeria), participating in a number of joint ventures with local partners and /or state governments. The remaining 5 % is held by a local shareholder with an association with DADTCO since 1992.  In all these partnerships DADTCO Netherlands provides the technology and management, and is the manufacturer and supplier of all equipment and cassava products produced for the Joint Ventures and other clients.. Therefore, the turnover of DADTCO Nigeria consists of the income from the sale of HQCF and HQCC, and management and marketing fees.

Taraba Cassava Processing Company Ltd (Jalingo, Taraba State):

This is a 12 000 - 15 000 MT pa HQCF plant consisting of a central Flash Dryer and 3 remote AMPUs. DADTCO Nigeria has a 60% shareholding while Taraba State Government Investment Company owns the other 40%. Management are seeking to expand the capacity of the plant and to extend its scope to also produce HQCS (native cassava starch) by investing in a starch refinery unit and associated logistics.

Dadtco Rivers Processing Company

The Rivers State project, with a 51% shareholding of DADTCO Nigeria, is a partnership between DADTCO Nigeria, the Rivers State Sustainable Development Agency and Shell Petroleum Development Company, to produce HQCF.  This construction of the HQCF Flash Dryer is about to finish and the operational takeoff is expected this year. Preparational Awareness Campaigns and Farmers’ Sensitization meetings are taking place at the moment.

DADTCO Nigeria’s aim is to establish many more, well managed and efficient cassava processing plants in the next ten years producing HQCC, HQCF, HQCS and cassava based syrups (maltose and dextrose) with proper recognition of the interests of all stakeholders, including the farmers.

Nigeria’s new policies in favour of the production of High Quality Cassava Flour (HQCF)

The encouragement of local sourcing is the major cornerstone of the agenda of the present Government of President Muhammadu Buhari. The agricultural transformation agenda recognizes the need to create jobs, diversify the national economy and reduce the drain on natural wealth by importation of locally available food items. The transformation agenda is seen as imperative for the national security. A real shift has been made to realize the previous government inclusion act on cassava flour.

To enable a sustainable and effective transformation there is the need to change the traditional farming system and not the individual farmer by developing a sustainable upstream sector, which involves building the farming capacities of farmers as well as introducing new improved technologies. At the start of the project, this transformation was not possible due to the lack of a viable market for DADTCO’s HQCF. This is notwithstanding previous government incentives for cassava flour inclusion in wheat flour as the market players did not encourage past government objectives. Thanks to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, a real shift has been made to realize these government objectives of 40% HQCF inclusion in wheat flour.

Cassava is a key element of the Government’s Agricultural Transformation Action Plan as Nigeria is the largest producer of cassava in the world and yet contributes zero percent in terms of value addition in global trade.

Nigeria, largest cassava producer in the world

Nigerian cassava production is by far the largest in the world; a third more than production in Brazil and almost double the production of Indonesia and Thailand. Cassava production in other African countries, like the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana, Madagascar, Mozambique, Tanzania and Uganda appears small in comparison to Nigeria’s substantial output. Nearly 90% of cassava production in Nigeria is for domestic food production and produced by smallholder farmers. Production yields are still extremely low and Nigeria could easily double its production.

Linking Farmers to Markets is the Key to unlocking the potential of cassava.

On a per capita basis, North Central is the highest producing state at720 kgs/per person in 2002, followed by South East (560), South South (470), South West (340), North West (100) and North East (10). National per capita production of cassava is 320 kgs/per person.