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Surviving the harsh weather - Cassava
Posted on : 03 Jan, 2013
Erratic climate changes have surprised and affected the starch world. Food crops such as the corn, maize and wheat are seeing adverse situations and yield reduction.
With growing global starch consumption and reduced food crops, the world’s eyes have turned towards alternative crops that can still flourish under the harsh conditions – cassava being one of them. Well-known for its tolerant character, this important food source has been the discussion of industry experts over the past year, gaining increasing worldwide attention.
Generally an Asian crop, cassava is “an important food source in Indonesia, while Thailand controls 77% of the world’s dried cassava exports. Vietnam is also a large exporter.”
Given its potential, cultivation of cassava in the Asian and African regions will increase, changing the global market trend. R&Ds have also made significant technological advances that can improve cost-effectiveness in the cultivation of cassava.
Updates on the global starch industry and insights on its applications will be take centre stage at the 2nd Starch World 2013 summit on 21-23 January 2013 in Ho Chi Minh City. Further, to provide industry know-hows and best cultivation practices a “CASSAVA Agronomy Practices & Pest Management” workshop that is separately bookable is also available.
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Growth in global starch consumption is expected to increase and hit 133.5 million metric tons by 2018
Posted on : 05 Nov, 2012
Demand for starch continues to surge as global starch consumption is expected to increase and hit 133.5 million metric tons by 2018. “Economy recovery, rise in per capita consumption, and growing demand for starch products from developing nations” are reportedly the driving factors for the industry’s bright outlook.
The growing use of starch in a diverse range of applications and sectors such as food and beverages, medicine, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals signals a growing demand for starch and its derivatives. Continuous growths in the individual sectors, such as the food and beverages segment, prove to further propel the starch industry into greater potential.
With a greater demand worldwide, the starch market looks to move beyond traditional starch sources and explore more economical alternatives such as cassava and sweet potato. This reduces the stress on crops such as corn, which was badly affected by the North American drought that was experienced earlier this year.
Find out more about the potential of the starch market, opportunities and risks, and how to diversify such risks and gain more from this growing global demand. Leverage on the network of experts and key industry players at the upcoming 2nd Starch World.
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