|Cassava can replace expensive
imported raw materials such as starch and wheat flour for various industries
in Africa. Several new initiatives are undertaken to exploit the commercial
potential of cassava derived raw materials.
Ghana is currently the third
leading cassava producer in Africa and the sixth in the world. Recently,
the country's Minister for Food and Agriculture, Mr Fiifi Fiavi Kwetey,
said - "government is considering a policy for high quality cassava flour
(HQCF) for use in the food industry and the government will
continue to work with our local and international partners in addressing
the challenges facing the cassava value chain."
Meanwhile Nigeria is encouraging
the production of cassava based ethanol. The Emerging Africa Infrastructure
Fund is partnering with the country's cassava growers association to produce
ethanol in 10 distilleries in different states. Each facility will use
feedstock from 6,000 ha of cassava - that is grown nearby.
Gain insights on commercial viability
of cassava-based ethanol and HQCF from:
| • Cassava Based Ethanol
Projects in Nigeria and the Way Forward|
Rajavelu Rajasekar, Director (Agro),
Distilleries Limited (AADL)
• Africa High Quality Cassava Flour (HQCF) Market Prospects
Chris Quarshie, Managing Director, Caltech Ventures
Other confirmed panelists include:
• Tope Daramola, Chairman,
Shonga Farms Holding
• Thiruvengadam Sridhar, Director Project, Export
Marketing Co. Lda. (EMCL)
• Ho Ren Hua, CEO, Thai
Wah Starch Public Company
• William Oppong-Bio, Executive Chairman, Amatin
Agro Processing Company
• Chuka Mordi, Managing Partner, CBO
Capital Partners and Managing
• Gregory Mhango, Supply Chain Manager, Nampak
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