Making a meal of Indonesia’s cassava – The Edge Review

BOJONG KEMANG – Saiful Santoso, 47, has been growing cassava for 17 years on his half-hectare farm a half hour drive from Bogor in west Java. But for the past 4 years Saiful’s crop has been eaten into by phenacoccus manihoti, the cassava pink mealybug – costing him between 20 to 40 per cent of his cassava each year since then. 2014 might not be as bad as other years, Saiful told The Edge Review. “It’s been raining, and the mealybug likes dry weather.”