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Complete cassava chips plant
Cassava is the most important root crop in Ghana. Apart from being a staple food in both rural and urban households, cassava is a major source of income to cassava farmers and processors in the rural areas. Cassava alone contributes about 22% of agricultural GDP in Ghana for food or domestic purpose but its industrial processing and utilization has been limited.
Under the roots and tubers improvement project of the Ministry of food and Agriculture and other government initiatives the present levels of cassava production will be further increased. The feasibility for intermediary processing of fresh cassava into high quality cassava chips in the farming areas for onward manufacture of High Quality Cassava Flour has proved positive by the on-going research by food Research Institute and other collaborating agencies.
This business plan of cassava chips plant is to examine the financial viability or otherwise in the production of high quality cassava chips for secondary processors based in the urban centres.
Advantage of our cassava chips plant:
Minimum power requirement, Efficient cutting even with very fibrous roots, Produces uniform sizes of chips with minimum stumps, Eliminates dewatering operation, Resulting chips dries faster, thus improving product quality, Lightweight and movable, Simple to operate.
Introduction of cassava chips plant:
a. Cassava peeling: Production of cassava chips starts with the peeling of the cassava. Peeling can be done mechanically or manually. Mechanical peelers peel as much as 2,400 –2,500Kg per hour with a wastage rate of 30-40% while manual peeling does 22Kg per man hour and wastage of 20-25%. Mechanical peelers are problematic because of the non-uniform nature of the cassava roots and the irregularity in size which make smooth peeling difficult. Also, the thickness of the skin, the texture and the strength of adhesion to the flesh of the tuber differ from specie to specie thereby making over-peeling and under-peeling possible. As a result of these problems, processors prefer manual peeling for now till the mechanical is perfected.
Cassava washing machine
b. Cassava washing: The peeled tubers are thoroughly washed to remove all dirt and sand that may adhere to them. Export requirements insist that sand content should not be more than 2%.
Cassava chips machine
c. Cassava chipping: The washed tubers are carted to the chipping machines where they are chipped into small chips of about 1-2 centimetre thickness and 6-7 cm long. The sizes at times depend on the prescription of the order.
Cassava chips drying machine
d. Cassava chips drying: The wet chips are taken to the Rotary Dryer where they are dried to 12-14% moisture content.
e. Packing: they are then weighed and bagged in 50kg polypropylene bags and stored.
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