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High quality cassava flour processing plant

Introduction of cassava flour processing plant

High quality cassava flour is simple unfermented cassava flour. The desire to reduce dependence on importation and conservation of foreign exchange has increased the Federal Government’s drive to source for local alternatives to partially or fully substitute imported goods. Wheat flour substitution becomes utmost priority especially with the price of wheat in the international market is becoming unbearable.

cassava flour

Cassava flour

Research institutes such as International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi (FIIRO) has for years researched on developing processed based technology to mechanize and produce high quality cassava floor. This has led to the development and of the process technology for production of High Quality Cassava Flour (HQCF) suitable for partial substitution of wheat.       

FIIRO has demonstrated that bread and confectioneries baked with 10% cassava flour inclusion in wheat flour compared favourably with those baked with 100% wheat flour.

cassava flour processing line

Cassava flour processing line

Detailed description of cassava flour processing line:

The basic unit operations in cassava flour production from fresh cassava roots are:

Sorting and Weighing: The tubers are sorted to select the wholesome roots for production. The tubers are then weighed.

Peeling: The weighed cassava roots are peeled manually to reduce high peeling loss associated with mechanical peelers due to irregular shape of cassava root.

Washing: Peeled root is washed with sufficient quantity of potable water to remove sand, dirt and other contaminants.

Grating: The root is grated to cassava mash.

cassava grating machine

Cassava grating machine

Detoxification: The cassava mash is detoxified mechanically in a mash agitator for a period of time to eliminate the toxic hydrogen cyanide present in cassava.

Dewatering: The moisture content of the mash is reduced mechanically to about 50% to prepare for drying operation.

Granulation: The resultant cake from dewatering process is disintegrated into fine granules using hammer mill.

Drying: Granulation process is followed by drying operation to produce cassava flour of desired quality.

cassava flour dryer machine

Cassava flour dryer machine

Milling: The flour obtained is milled to desired particle size.

Sieving and Packaging: The flour is sieved and packaged appropriately.

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