Rwanda based cassava producer Kinazi Cassava plans to double its flour exports.
The Kinazi Cassava plant has recently renewed its certificate of registration by the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) and with this recognition the company can trade its products in the US as well as other parts of the world.
The cassava producer says that there is demand from Southern America, Western Africa, and the Great Lakes region in USA which have large communities that consume cassava. It will target markets in the US, Europe and African countries.
The cassava plant has a capacity to produce 30 tonnes of flour per day, equivalent to 7,200 tonnes per year.
The company plans to begin a campaign to encourage the use of cassava in making pizzas, bread, biscuits and chapattis as the flour that can be blended with wheat flour following recommended recipes to make healthy products.
The company is also exploring plans to produce other cassava products that can be used in pharmaceutical and textile industries, colour production and construction sector, ethanol that can replace cooking gas, alcohol, and animal feed, among others.
Rwanda’s cassava production increased to over 1.127 million tonnes in 2018 from 1.041 million tonnes in 2017, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources.
Find out more about cassava and starch markets in Africa at CMT’s 4th Cassava & Starch Africa on 22-23 May, 2019 in Accra.