Cassava Stories

Title: Parana: Cassava Country
Dominique Dufour, Mario Takahashi, Thierry Tran, John Belalcazar and Claude Fauquet*
Date: November 29 – December 2, 2016
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Summary: Our recent visit about Cassava in Parana in December 2016, by the GCP21 Director and several colleagues from CIAT, was an eye opener. In this South Brazilian state cassava is mechanized from production to final products.  Farmers can attain fairly high yields of 28 t/Ha, and processors have extremely high efficiencies for transformation that are 50 times more efficient than in Africa.  Cassava is currently the most valuable crop in this part of the world despite the fact that the price of fresh roots is above $150 per ton!  We are sharing this experience (ppt here) for everybody to discover cassava in Parana, to open eyes and generate ideas in other places in the world.

• Farinha is the most important human food made from cassava in Brazil, its production is now prevalent in Parana and it is exported throughout Brazil.
• Because Parana was never populated mechanization of cassava production and transformation occurred since the beginning of the “state colonization” in the 1950s.

The cassava production and transformation in Parana can be viewed as a model for Africa!
In this regard we have done a comparison between a farinha factory and a gari processing center in Nigeria both processing 100 t/day of fresh roots:
View Story Here or Word Document Here

Keywords: Cassava, farinha, gari, Brazil, Parana, factory, mechanization.
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