Why IS Africa Land of Opportunity to Farmers ?
Cassava found its way to West Africa during the Portuguese exploration of Africa. It is a lifeline for millions of people across the continent of Africa for food but it does not end there. As the world moves towards a more sustainable future, cassava is one of the backbones of this new world. In this blog post, we will explore the myriad of uses of cassava and why it is one of the best crops to cultivate in Africa for export.
Cassava provides fermentable sugars suitable for the production of bioethanol. Bioethanol is widely used as a renewable fuel additive or standalone fuel for vehicles, reducing dependence on fossil fuels. It is considered a cleaner-burning fuel, contributing to efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Cassava addresses environmental concerns associated with traditional plastics. Cassava starch is a key ingredient in the production of biodegradable plastics and packaging materials.
Cassava starch is employed in the pharmaceutical industry for tablet production. It serves as a binder and disintegrant in tablet formulations, contributing to the structural integrity and dissolution properties.
Cassava flour, does not contain the protein gluten which is found in other flours such as wheat. It is a valuable option for baking and cooking for individuals with gluten intolerance or anyone seeking a gluten-free diet.
Cassava starch is used in the textile industry for sizing yarns and fabrics. It improves the weaving process by providing a protective coating on the fibres with adhesive properties, enhancing the cohesion and during the weaving process. It helps prevent breakage and increases the fabric’s tensile strength.
Cassava starch serves as a crucial ingredient in various food processing processes. It is used as a thickening agent in soups, sauces, and gravies in the food industry. It is used as a coating to prevent dried and frozen foods from sticking. Tapioca a derivative of starch, is used in puddings, teas and other desserts
Cassava has many uses cases which are only predicted to grow in the coming years. With the growing global demand for cassava and its products, investing in cassava farming is a promising venture. The agricultural sector in Africa is ripe for innovation and expansion, and Greenhills offers a unique opportunity to participate in this growth.