|Better Farming Series 16. Roots and Tubers (FAO, 1977, 58 p.)|
To grow well, cassava needs a warm, humid climate.
If the rainy season is long, cassava roots grow rapidly.
Cassava is also a plant that will resist drought.
With less rain, the yield is small.
Cassava stems are not tough and dislike high winds.
Cassava is a very strong grower. It will grow even in very poor soil.
But cassava grows best in soil that is permeable, not too compact, in which air and water circulate well. Then the roots fatten up and do not rot.
Cassava makes the soil poor. Besides the fat roots that store up food, many little roots take water and mineral salts from the soil.
After a crop of cassava, the field is very poor and must be left fallow.