"Potential for Downstream Value -Added Applications for Cassava Starch (aka Pati Singkong or tinh bột sắn in Indonesian & Vietnamese languages)
"New Improved Varieties to Increase its Competitiveness"
Ministry of Commerce reports that Cambodia's exports of cassava soared 94 per cent year-on-year in the first nine months of 2011, despite the recent flood devastation the agriculture sector has experienced. Statistics showed that Cambodia's export of dry and fresh cassava hit about 22,652 tonnes from January to September, compared to 11,656 tonnes in the same period last year.
Cassava farming is quickly expanding in Cambodia as profit margins on the crop continue to rise. Prices for the plant, which is edible and is used in ethanol production, have risen considerably, fetching more than other cash crops such as cotton that are being grown in the province. Increased farming has boosted cassava shipments and orders not only from Asean region but also in substantial quantities from China to Europe.
According to Yang Saing Koma, President of Center for Study and Development in Agriculture, many people are now investing in cassava in Cambodia. He quoted "They also expect to gain more profit from cassava, as yields are more frequent."
Thailand ,the largest exporter of Cassava products, has been unable to meet increasing demand from China due to recent aphid infestation and floods. Cambodia's cassava output is quickly catching up to fill the gap and more recently signed trade agreement with the Chinese to increase its cassava export to China.
Cassava is one of the most important starch sources used in production of different foods and industrial applications. Ongoing research is carried out to increase the commercial value of starch and improve its quality . Cassava's potential for downstream value added applications is huge.
Trivia: Cassava Starch is known as Pati Singkong in Indonesian and tinh bột sắn in Vietnamese languages
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Posted on : 20 Feb, 2012
CMT’s inaugural Cassava Starch World 2012 is well on the way to be an important industry-networking platform, with an excellent mix of participants coming from key sectors across the industry value chain. Here is a breakdown of attendee profiles:
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Posted on : 03 Feb, 2012
Power Unity Cambodia Investment co. Ltd, a Thai joint venture company plans to export 300,000 tons of dry cassava to China after the launch of its cassava processing plant in Siem Reap. As reported, the US$600,000 plant will be fully operational in February 2012. According to Hour Seak Pheng , Deputy Director of the company, this plant is the first of its kind in Siem Reap and will generate jobs and improve people’s living standards by building a strong cassava market.
Cassava is a rapidly expanding industry in Cambodia. In support of this emergent industry CMT has put together Cassava Starch World 2012 forum on the 23-24 Feb, 2012 to reflect on Cassava markets outlook, market developments & improvements in new Cassava varieties in countries like China, Cambodia and more. The conference in Phnom Penh is already attracting with companies involved in Plantation-sugar and starch based feedstock, Agriculture/Agro Industrial Crops, Fermentation, Enzymes Suppliers, pharmaceutical industries, Manufacturers and suppliers of Tapioca starch, Venture Capitalists, Ethanol Producers, Sugar Plantations Co, Equipment & Technology suppliers and more.
Conference attendees will have the option to tour the TTY Agriculture Plant Development Co a diversified Cambodian Owned Conglomerate and a leading tapioca starch manufacturing company located in Kompong Cham province, Cambodia arranged exclusively by CMT.
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Nest Fortune to Invest $6 Million in Cassava Industry
Posted on : 12 Jan, 2012
Nest Fortune Limited, a Hong Kong-based cassava-processing company, has invested US$6 million to establish a cassava-processing plant in Indramayu, West Java. MoU on the investment plan had been signed by Nest Fortune Chief Executive Officer William Yeung and Indonesian Cassava Community (MSI) Chief, Marwah Daud.
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CMT’s Cassava Starch World 2012 forum on the 23-24 Feb, 2012 aims to provide updates on Cassava projects and markets outlook in the region, particularly Indonesia. As such, the meeting in Phnom Penh features a presentation on Cassava Traits Improvement to Meet Industry Preference in Indonesia by Dr . Enny Sudarmonowat, Research Centre for Biotechnology – LIPI from Indonesia Institute of Science.
Cassava exports jump 94%
Posted on : 09 Dec, 2011
Cambodia has seen an increase in cassava exports in the first nine months of this year. 226,500 tons of fresh cassava and dried chips were exported mainly to Thailand and Vietnam representing 94 percent rise from 116,568 tons in the same period last year, according to the statistics of the Commerce Ministry. Reportedly, Chinese agricultural firm China National Food Industry (Group) Corp recently signed an agreement with local company Ly Ye Rubber Co Ltd to purchase 1 million tonnes of dry cassava to export back to China. Cassava farming is quickly expanding due to growing demand from international markets as well.
CMT’s first ever Cassava Starch World 2012 forum on the 23-24 Feb, 2012 in Phnom Penh is put together to highlight Cassava market outlook in Asian countries such as Cambodia , China, Vietnam. To provide further insights , CMT hassecured the following invited expert speakers:
• Sara Girardello, Head of Starch Research, LMC International
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• Dr. Harold Corke. School of Biological Sciences. University of Hong Kong
• Dr. James Wang, Research Technical Leader II, Kimberly-Clark Corporation
• Dr. Herve Vanderschuren, Cassava Research Group Leader Plant Biotechnology Lab, ETH Zurich
• Hernan Ceballos, Program Leader -Cassava, CIAT
• Anuwat Ruthaiyanont CEO , Thai Tapioca Starch Association
• Warakit Tanburintip, Sales & Logistics Manager Double A Ethanol Co., Ltd
• Prof. Dr. Enny Sudarmonowati, Research Centre for Biotechnology – LIPI Bogor
• Patrick Bürgi, CTO / Regional Director Thailand , South Pole Carbon Asset Management Ltd
• Dr. James George, Project Coordinator-All India Coordinated Research Project on Tuber Crops, Indian Council of Agricultural Research
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Sarinah plans cassava joint venture with South Korea
Posted on : 11 Nov, 2011
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Above is just one of many similar news that points to increasing Chinese demand for Cassava, which in turn has led to a surge in cassava exports and rapid growth in the Starch Industry in China. All because, apart from Corn starch, Cassava modified starch is widely used in China for papermaking, food processing and textile industry.
For an insight into Asia’s Cassava and Starch industry, CMT is hosting a first-ever Cassava Starch World 2012 forum on the 23-24 Feb, 2012 in Phnom Penh . This inaugural event aims to provide country specific overviews relating to Processing & starch technologies, markets for starch & derivatives, animal feed, biofuels tradefor China, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia and more.