Processing Cassava into Flour for Human Food
Cassava (Manihot esculenta Crantz.) is one of the most important cash crops in Thailand. It is planted in about 1.2 million hectares, producing 17.7 million mt each year. About 50- 60% of this production serves as a raw material for cassava chips and pellets. These are exported to be mixed into livestock feeds, mainly to the European Common Market and some countries in Asia.
However, the price of cassava products is unstable, depending on the market demand each year. One way of solving this problem is to add value to the cassava through diversified usage, especially industrial utilization and human consumption. Processing cassava flour for human food is one solution to the problem of unstable prices for cassava products.