Cassava Chips production is a relatively new business idea in Nigeria. Cassava Chips is a product derived from cassava. Nigeria is the largest producer of cassava in the world with a yield of about 54 million tonnes of cassava in 2012. Cassava (Manihot spp) is a tropical perennial crop cultivated mainly for its edible root, is a staple food consumed worldwide and provides much economic benefit to the producers. Cassava can be processed in a variety of ways to arrive at different products including as gari, fufu, lafun, starch, chips and pellets, etc.
Cassava chips are unfermented white dried products of cassava with an average diameter of 3mm – 5mm often used as a carbohydrate base in the animal feed industry particularly in Europe, or milled into flour for other uses such as in the production of ethanol, cakes, dough nut and biscuits. The demand for Cassava Chips as an industrial product is wide. It cuts across so many industries such as distilleries, pharmaceutical, food and most especially the animal feed industry. The estimated demand for Cassava Chips in Nigeria was found to be in excess of 1,500,000T/annum.
Cassava is a woody shrub of the Spurges family which are grown as perennial vegetables in the tropical and subtropical regions of the world mainly as an edible carbohydrate-giving starchy tuberous root. In west Africa, planting and harvesting of Cassava is done annually by farmers in the rural and suburban areas mainly for economic reasons. In a year, there exist two seasons when farmers cultivate Cassava stems. The first season is called Early planting while the second is called Late planting. Early planting of cassava begins in February and ends in June while Late planting starts from October till December each year.
Depending on soil fertility, rainfall and other favorable weather conditions, Cassava stems take at least 6 months to bear tubers underneath it. That period can be extended to 10 months to 1 year to allow the Cassava tubers to fully mature. If left unharvested after a year and 3 months, the tubers might begin to depreciate in quality depending on the Cassava variety. Some may begin to rotten inside the ground leading to loss of money in its raw form.
Features of Cassava Chips
We created Plant Snacks to make better snacks than what is currently available in stores. We are tired of artificial flavors, cheap ingredients, and poor nutrition. We chose cassava root as the base ingredient for our chips because it’s naturally grain-free, gluten-free, and nut-free. The cassava root flour we use in our chips is sustainably grown and harvested in Brazil. Besides all the great attributes of cassava flour, our chips are vegan, free of big 8 allergens (milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soy), non-gmo verified, certified gluten-free, corn-free, and have no added sugar.
Benefits of Cassava Chips
There is a high export demand in China especially for ethanol production. In fact, Nigeria is planning to export chips to China to the tune of 1,100,000T this year. This is a clear indication that Cassava Chips has a high market potential. The international price of cassava chips fluctuates between $1, 200 and $1,300 per metric tonne. Locally, it is sold at N120, 000 per tonne.
The above facts make the project to be socially desirable and economically viable. It is also technically feasible and highly profitable. With a good management and marketing approach, a minimum profit margin of N20,000 is obtainable from producing a tone of good quality Cassava chips.
|Amount per serving
|% Daily Value*
|Total Fat 5g
|Total Carbohydrate 21g
|Includes Added Sugars0g
Prices of Cassava Chips
$350.00-$400.00/ Metric Ton