International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) research in Nigeria has resulted in shorter drying times of cassava peels from 3 days to about six sunshine hours. Two new products (feed ingredients) have been developed and are being standardized.
As we have started growing in confidence regarding the innovation, we invited representatives of a garri processing centre to visit the ILRI cassava peel processing factory.
The seven visitors came from a garri processing centre with 68 processing units with a daily capacity of more than 130 tonnes of cassava tubers. The team was taken around the processing unit and the various operations involved in the processing of peels – grating, de-watering through hydraulic press, sieving and pelleting were demonstrated.
They were excited and spontaneously went hands-on as they were already familiar with the equipment and processes – the main difference being the raw material and the end product. They expressed their willingness to take up the processing at their location with the group’s own resources and requested technical assistance in processing and marketing the processed peels.
Once the industry is assured of a regular supply of quality product through the cassava processors, partnering the cassava producers with the feed industry would be a mutually beneficial relationship and ILRI will play a major role in catalyzing this partnership. Further discussion on how this partnership would be forged will continue (after the elections – end of February or early March 2015).
Story by: Anadan Samireddypalle