REPORT: Nigeria remains world largest cassava producer, accounts for ‘a fifth of global production’

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From: Bamidele Fashube, Abuja

A new report has restated Nigeria’s position as world largest cassava producer, beating Thailand, Ghana and other African countries.

The report titled Cassava Processing Market: Global Industry Trends, Share, Size, Growth, Opportunity and Forecast 2019-2024 described cassava as one of the most commonly cultivated root crops in Africa after rice and maize.

Though, in terms of value-addition and contribution to global market, the nation is yet to really carve a niche. However, its production accounts for one fifth of global production. Current global cassava production is put at 253.4 million tons as at 2018.

Grown in over 90 countries, it remains a good source of carbohydrate.

“Region-wise, Nigeria is the world’s leading producer of cassava accounting for around a fifth of the world’s cassava production followed by Thailand, Indonesia, Brazil, Ghana, Congo and others.

“The global cassava processing market grew at CAGR of around 2.6% during 2011-2018, reaching a production volume of around 253.4 Million Tons in 2018.”

It further analysed the key global players operating in the cassava processing market. Some of the players include – Avebe U.A., Global Bio-Chem Technology Group, Emsland Group, Cargill Incorporated and Ingredion.

Majority of Africa’s population, Latin America and Asia reportedly depends on cassava for sustenance as it provides food as well as occupation to farmers and traders. A major part of cassava is consumed directly and the rest is processed as starch, flour, pellets, chips, etc.

“Processing of cassava removes the toxins, increases its shelf life, reduces its weight and enhances its overall value. Processed cassava has various applications in a number of industries, some of which include – food, ethanol, paper and cardboard, textiles, pharmaceutical, glues and adhesives.”

The study also provides a detailed roadmap for setting up a cassava processing plant.

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