Cassava Industrial products (part 4)

On asking locals if they’ve ever failed to harvest cassava even in the driest year, the answer is Never.

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Cassava, a tuber that does well in semi arid regions like kilome without much input. The industrial process is largely manual making it easier to run in rural setups while greatly increasing shelf life & usability of products.

TUBERS

1. Skin – Cyanide is extracted which is used as industrial chemical (Main ingredient for Gold ore purification process), also used in photography industry and for fumigation. Highly Toxic and every country has regulations governing handling of same.

2. Tuber Flesh
a) Wet:
– Eaten as high fibre food raw/cooked while fresh
– pounded to produce starch for clothing and Food industry (eg royco & Maggie cubes)
– by hydrolysis starch can be turned to glucose syrups, dextrose, monohydrates and vitamin c for sweets, biscuit & candy industries.
– Glucose fermented will produce Ethyl Alcohol, acetone, butanol & high fructose syrup.

b) Dry:
To dry, peel tuber when fresh. Sock and wash, then slice up for sun drying [mainly manual ie labour intensive though machinery is now available for slicing and drying].
When dry crushed to powder & used as flour for cooking and baking.
Minced and dried

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it’s used as a fibre additive in foods and also for making snacks with extended shelf life.
Compressed to pellets its used/sold as chicken & goat feed. It can still be pounded to powder later.

3. STEMS
– Cut into 1foot pcs  as seedlings for planting
– Stems & leaves pounded in hammer mill for protein extraction & waste fibre used for combustion as steam and power. Waste liquid fermented for methane, while its end produce is used as manure.

4. LEAVES
Used as vegetables

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..as well as animal fodder.

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*(Can also be dried & packaged)

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