Growing cassava for industrial use
In Tanzania, cassava has traditionally been grown as a food crop, generally thriving in warm, lowland areas. But, learning from the experience of countries such as Nigeria and Mozambique, Tanzanian cassava breeder Dr Kiddo Mtunda is developing varieties of cassava with high starch content, for use by industry. Starch from cassava is highly valued for making glucose syrup as an ingredient for beer and other drinks. Starch is also used by textile manufacturers, by the pharmaceutical industry and others. Dr Mtunda explains to Chelu Matuzya about three high starch cassava varieties under development, which also have resistance to major cassava diseases. These represent a new source of income for farmers, in selling cassava to starch processors, as well as offering by-products including livestock feed.
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