Traditional Market

When we talked about traditional market in my country we will imagine that so many people surrounding us, crowded almost difficult to breath. I have an experience when I buy a hand mixer wow it takes 2 hours and it takes my energy. Yes that the situation we accept or not but this is the fact, and we need it.

To fulfill my needs for my business I do often shopping and searching goods to run my shop, for instant like wooden spoon or spatulas for my cassava product and sometimes I could not find easily, struggling from narrow to narrow and facing so many people with the different proposed. Sometime I can enjoy this but sometime I feel boring with this kind of situation, what can I say I need that stuff, so just do it.

By chance I have a closed friend informed to me that he no longer facing the same situation like me, he show me the solution and it really simple and easy to do we only need to used our finger and pick up the goods from their links and I rather called it super mall and I guarantee that you will have more efficient time and less of effort.

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Disease-Resistant Cassava Cloned at Namulonge

SCIENTISTS at the National Crop Resources Research Institute in Namulonge, Wakiso district have developed cassava clones resistant to cassava brown streak disease.

The clones were developed from 20,000 cassava seeds, which were imported from Tanzania early this year. "So far out of the 116 clones, 15 may be tolerant to the disease," said Dr. Titus Alicai, a cassava scientist at Namulonge.

"Farmers should not start demanding these clones, they need to give us time to study them before we start multiplying them," he said.

The disease initially reported in two districts in 2004 has spread to over 25 districts, including Arua, Gulu, Apac, Mubende, Hoima, Kasese, Kumi, Busia, Pallisa, Mukono, Wakiso and Luweero.

Dr Alicai warned farmers and some NGOs against transporting planting materials from the affected districts. He, however, regretted that transportation of planting materials of vegetatively propagated crops like cassava, bananas and sweet potato vines could not be easy to regulate as in the case of livestock.

"In the crop sector, nothing is done that is why the disease initially reported in two districts has rapidly spread in over 25 districts," he lamented.

The workshop which was organised by Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) was aimed at enhancing cassava production.

The FAO country representative Percy Misika called for team work to save a food crop that ranks second to bananas in terms of production.

Why cassava?

  • It is drought-resistant.
  • It can do well in acidic and poor soils
  • Farmers can esaily harvest it whenever there is a need.
  • It is vegetatively propagated thus making it easy to maintain and multiply it. It requires low levels of production inputs.

  • Cassava tubers can be eaten as food.
  • Tubers can be milled into flour.
  • Cassava leaves are eaten as vegetables, especially in times of food scarcity.
  • Manufacture of starch for use in brewing, textiles, paper industries and making of livestock feeds.

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Useful equipments

After doing the trial for several day, I am still could not find cooking supplies that can help me to finished my project faster. I am not really perfectionist person, but sometime my deadline is really short period.

I remember my father always told me that you will need a professional cookware if you want to develop a professional restaurant, one of my favorite menu is cheese cassava, actually it’s really simple menu just a combination, cassava and cheese but to cook this menu little bit difficult if we can not find cooking supplies that really fit.

Several month since I open my restaurant, and it’s just the beginning to continue my journey to open another and I believe that if we have an eager and we also have the right tools nothing is impossible.

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Lampung builds special school to support bioenergy program

The Lampung provincial administration is building an integrated biofuel school in Central Lampung regency as part of its plan to become a national bioenergy center.

Construction of the special school in Sulusuban village, Central Lampung, is expected to cost Rp 216 billion (US$19.6 million), funded by the central government (50 percent), province (30 percent) and regency (20 percent).

Construction work commenced in the middle of the year and is scheduled for completion in 2017.

Head of the Lampung office Development Planning Board, Suryono S.W., said the school would be located within the compound of the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) in Sulusuban village in Seputihagung district.

"The budgeted Rp 216 billion will be used to build the school, from elementary to university levels. A vocational school will be built in the initial phase, followed by a polytechnic," Suryono said recently.

"Both schools will focus on the field of bioenergy. The integrated school will also be associated with BPPT's large-scale projects."

According to Suryono, the Lampung provincial administration is serious about turning the province into a center for renewable energy. It is also actively seeking to attract investors in building cassava- and jatropha-based biofuel plants, as well as supporting and empowering farmers to cultivate the crops.

"A number of investors from South Korea and China have currently signed memorandums of understanding with the Lampung administration to build bioenergy plants. BPPT in Sulusuban has also spearheaded bioethanol development in Indonesia," Suryono said.

"So it's very timely that the administration is working with the BPPT in setting up and developing the special school."

He said the potential for bioenergy in Lampung was very promising because of the area's vast cassava plantations and a number of bioethanol plants in Central and North Lampung regencies.

"They should be supported by skilled workers in the field of bioenergy. That's why we have built the integrated bioenergy school," he added.

The cooperation with BPPT, said Suryono, took the form of land use and provision of teaching staff.

"BPPT has provided 317 hectares for the school, and construction commenced this year," he said.

A number of investors have been building bioethanol factories in Lampung since 2006. PT Medco, for instance, has invested $40 million in North Lampung in developing renewable bioethanol at an output capacity of 60 million liters annually.

The plant also produces biogas to feed boilers, 33,000 metric tons of liquid carbon dioxide, 13,000 metric tons of organic fertilizer and 118,000 liters of fusel oil.

In Central Lampung, PT Medco has built a biodiesel plant based on crude palm oil at a cost of around $6 million, deriving raw materials from palm oil farmers.

For raw materials, PT Medco has developed a partnership program encompassing six districts in Central Lampung over a total of 7,901 hectares: Pubiam (1,773 ha), Padang Ratu (1,939 ha), Selagai Lingga (1,178 ha), Sendang Agung (972 ha), Anak Tuha (1,662 ha) and Anak Ratu Aji (377 ha).

PT Madu Lampung Indah has also set up a bioethanol plant with an output capacity of 50 million liters annually. It is currently using about 1,600 hectares of cassava farms and expects to be able to manage 4,000 hectares of cassava farms in partnership programs with farmers in East and South Lampung regencies.

The Lampung BPPT office has been developing bioenergy fuel since the 1980s, with the arrival of equipment bought with the assistance of the Japanese government. Researchers at BPPT have conducted further studies on other raw materials for bioethanol, such as sugarcane, corn and other crops.

Earlier, Lampung BPPT researchers developed raw material for bioethanol from molasses at a 20.5 percent sugar content. However, sugarcane supplies were limited at the time because of the demand from the food industry.

One BPPT researcher, Arief Yudiarto, said that, according to Lampung BPPT's estimates, Indonesia would have to set up 50 new bioethanol-processing plants by 2010 if the entire petroleum demand in Indonesia were replaced by gasohol, which has an ethanol content of 10 percent (Gasohol BE-10).

"That is if Indonesia wants to be serious about developing renewable energies," Arief said.

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Cassava earns global awards

A major break though in cassava processing has earned global awards for a Nigerian institution. The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture won two awards for in-depth researches into cassava and cocoa that helped in fighting hunger and poverty in Africa.

A statement to the Ghana Office of AfricaNews from Godwin Atser, Corporate Communications Officer (West Africa) of IITA said the awards included “Outstanding Agricultural Technology in sub-Saharan Africa and Outstanding Communications.” The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research instituted the award.

Dr Lateef Sanni Oladimeji of the University of Agriculture in Abeokuta, Nigeria, who is also IITA’s Postharvest Specialist received the 2008 CGIAR Regional Award for Outstanding Agricultural Technology in sub-Saharan Africa, the statement said.

The CGIAR is a strategic alliance of members, partners and international agricultural centers that mobilizes science to benefit the poor. According to CGIAR at its annual conference in Maputo, Sanni’s expertise in drying technologies has contributed to considerable income and employment gains for numerous small and medium scale enterprises in Nigeria and several other West African countries.

The statement added: “Sanni initially designed a rotary dryer that increased production of cassava flour to 300 kilograms (kg) every 8 hours. It was then disseminated to cassava processing facilities in southwest and southeast Nigeria. More recently, within IITA’s Integrated Cassava Project, he assembled a team of engineers that has designed a “flash” dryer capable of drying 250 kg of cassava flour per hour.”

“His work has helped to increase the use of locally-manufactured flash dryers in Nigeria from two units before 2003, to over 60 units today. Sanni was presented the award after a short video showcasing his excellent work,” the statement said.

Communication category

On the other hand, Dr. Soniia David, IITA’s Technology Transfer Specialist, and her team at the Sustainable Tree Crops Program received the 2008 CGIAR Science Awards - Outstanding Communications Category for training farmers in West African countries to use digital video cameras as a way to share knowledge of sustainable cocoa production. By setting up Video Viewing Clubs (VVC), the team got together groups of farmers to watch and learn from the videos.

To date, 450 farmers in Ghana have participated in VVCs. Farmers who adopted the crop and pest management practices promoted by the YouTube videos are likely to increase yields by 20-40 per cent and decrease pesticide use by 10-20 per cent.
Dr Paula Bramel, IITA’s Deputy Director-General Research, received the award on behalf of David.

IITA's work on banana in Uganda was also extensively featured in the winning entry for the broadcast journalism category of the CGIAR-FARA 2008 Award for Excellence in Agricultural Science Journalism in Africa.

Patricia Oyella, editor and reporter at WBS TV in Uganda, received the award for her broadcast feature, “Saving the Cooking Banana,” shown on WBS TV and on Business Africa, a program broadcast on a network of more than 45 African and five European partner channels. The feature demonstrated the importance of this food crop in Africa, the problems faced by banana farmers, and the solutions offered by researchers.

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Barbecue cassava chips

For those who love the crunch of a good chip, JP Tropical Foods Division, the new face of Jamaica Producers food brands, has added cassava chips to its range of snacks.

Available in original and barbecue flavours, the tuber, which has been getting a lot of attention in recent months, has joined banana, breadfruit and plantain as raw material for the company's chips.

Consumers like product

"When we tested the concept of St Mary's Cassava Chips with consumers, they told us they liked it, because not only do they taste great, but consumers are impressed with the fact that compared to potato chips, they are loaded with vitamin C
, have fewer calories, 20 per cent less fat and more than twice the fibre," said Rolf Simmonds, commercial director of Jamaica Producers Group Limited at the product launch last Wednesday.

The cassava chips are joining a family of already successful products with St Mary's Banana Chips being the most popular.

"Over a million packs of banana chips are consumed in any given week here in Jamaica," said Simmonds.

He also announced that the banana chips will also be available in barbecue flavour.

With a good track record for making chips, the company is taking a chance with cassava chips, which, according to Simmonds, reinforces its commitment to Jamaica's agricultural sector.

Minister of Agriculture Christopher Tufton, who was the special guest at the launch at the Annotto Bay farm, reinforced Jamaica's need to produce more with its own resources to ensure food security. He applauded Jamaica Producers' move to improve their company and products.

"I want to place on record and certainly articulate explicitly how much I believe that this is a positive move and a move that will certainly act as a catalyst for others to follow," said the minister.

"Everybody calls me 'the cassava man' so today I feel vindicated that cassava is now not only in the fields but you can get it in original and barbecue," he quipped.

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Collecting Hobbies Item

Talking about favorite sport that I always wanted become expert is baseball, when I was a kid my father always asked me to accompany him to watch his favorite game, for the first time I feel that this sport was not interesting me, but because I always watch when there is a game so, slowly but sure then I fall in love with this game.

In the first session of league, in my city the hometown club always become a champion and all young people already love that team, and try to collect souvenir, that have the logos of the club, also my self I am starting to collect souvenir of my favorite club, such as t-shirt, shoe, hat and also Baseball Gloves which is very rare at that time, you need to indent and pay in advance to get this stuff, it is unique actually when it comes in our mind that collecting our hobbies stuff is the great activity that really enjoyable, we try to find out the stuffs that need to collect and sometime we never thinking about the energy or cost that we have been thru, because in our mind only thinking about the goods that we after.

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Increasing Farmers Profit

CASSAVA farmers and processors are set to earn bigger profits and get better-quality product through a new cost-effective and efficient flash dryer that produces 300 per cent more flour while using 40 per cent less fuel.

Developed by scientists working at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture and National Partners in Nigeria, the improved flash dryer is capable of processing eight tons of raw cassava tubers into two tons of high-quality flour per day compared to the less-than one-ton daily production of existing models.

Aside from higher production capacity, the new flash dryer also consumes less fuel, using only 12 litres of diesel per hour to produce 250 kg of flour. Comparatively, current models burn about 20 litres of fuel per hour to produce only 80 kg of flour.

According to the Corporate Communications Officer of IITA, Mr. Godwin Atser, the new flash dryer is also cheaper. "Most models being used by cassava millers in Nigeria are imported, usually from Brazil, and cost about US$ 68 500 per unit. The new dryer is locally manufactured and costs about $22 800 each, or only about a third of the price of imported ones," he added.

"The improved flash dryer not only doubles the capacity of present ones in the market, but it also produces much finer quality of flour," says Dr. Gbassay Tarawali, Project Manager of IITA's Cassava Enterprise Development Project (CEDP).

He says the dryer also addresses the perennial problem of short-period perishability of cassava after harvest.

"The development and introduction of this improved flash dryer represents a win-win situation for the millions of cassava farmers and processors not only in Nigeria but also in other cassava-producing countries of West Africa," says Prof. Ayo Kuye of the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Port Harcourt, who led a team of engineers in developing the new dryer in consultation with IITA.

"This new flash dryer will not only save the country millions of dollars in import payments but will also generate millions more in production increases and cost savings once it is widely distributed and used. This dryer is a success story for the cassava industry in general," he added.

National partners in the development of this improved flash dryer include the Raw Materials Research and Development Council, Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi; the Roots and Tuber Expansion Programme of the International Fund for Agricultural Development; and Godilogo Farms in Obudu, Cross Rivers State.

Under the Presidential Initiative on Cassava, Nigeria mandated millers to integrate 10 per cent cassava flour to wheat flour in making bread, a move aimed at increasing the utilization of the tuber crop.

However, supply of cassava flour has not been able to keep up with demand. IITA and partners say that this situation will be improved with the introduction of the improved flash dryer, benefiting the farmers downstream with better market opportunities and prices for their crops.

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Commercial television for my product

When it comes with decision to make a commercial television for my product, I always confuse to made a decision, in order to have a good commercial television and video shooting, in my mind always a thought a complicated process that make you headache.

I’ve been trying to find a production house who specialty in process of video production but sometimes, I need in a limited time with a best shot and script. It’s always difficult for me to find an Idea for angel of shooting, story line, not to mention the story board, and also one that really complicated to find the talent that can suitable for my product, well this not an easy process.

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New cassava illness strikes in Mara

Cassava Brown Streak Disease (CBSD) is spreading at an alarming rate in almost all districts of Mara Region, thus threatening the major food crop that is widely grown in the lake zone, researchers have warned.

Researchers from Ukiruguru Institute have now recommended alternative food crops such as millet and lentils to be grown in all districts of the region without delay, warning that there will be no cassava plants in the area after a year from now.

The new cassava disease that spots rotten cassava roots, threatens food security in the region with over 1.6 million population, according to the Regional Agricultural Advisor, Mr Samweli Sasi. “Earlier, CBSD was reported in the neighbouring Ukerewe District of Mwanza Region but it has spread very fast in Rorya, Musoma and Bunda districts.

Ukiruguru has conducted the study now in all districts of Mara region and the problem is big because they have not yet come up with alternative cassava seeds to meet the demand of wananchi," Mr Sasi said in his latest report to regional business council meeting here on Wednesday.

The report shocked the meeting with the Mara Regional Tanzania Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture Mr Lazaro Magira calling for a quick permanent solution in preventing further spread of the diseases among other things. "This is a threat and that is why researchers have suggested alternative food crops but this is not a permanent solution and I am worried if wananchi are aware of the researchers findings," the TCCIA leader said.

Mara Regional Commissioner (RC) Mr Issa Machibya banned transporting cassava seeds in a bid to contain the disease in the area. The RC also informed the meeting that sufficient millet seeds have been distributed across the region to rescue the situation. “At least every home should plant not less than two hectares of millet and seeds have been distributed everywhere," the regional chief said.

Bunda District Commissioner Mr Chiku Gallawa said all kind of cassava seeds available in the region are in danger of being affected by the disease. “All seeds are likely to be affected and researchers have hinted that by next year there will be no cassava. The focus should be having one voice and going for alternative food crops to address the challenge we face ahead, " Ms Gallwa told the meeting.

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Yams Delicious !

There are many staple foods in the Solomon Islands many however prefer yam, or uvi, as it is known in Guadalcanal.

Yams are a primary agricultural commodity in the Solomon Islands, and have been used extensively prior to the colonization of the Islands. This essentially means that they were brought to the Solomon Islands by our early ancestors. A simple Google search show that yams were first cultivated in Africa and Asia about 8000 B.C.

The yam is highly regarded in Solomon Islands not only for survival but also for ceremonial reasons. It is used for important ceremonial events such as reconciliation, weddings or feasts to show ones status.

In the Solomon Islands, where refrigerators are not yet a common household item, yams are very important since they can be stored for up to six months without refrigeration. "We usually cook them very early in the morning, we store some for later in the day and some for the kids to take to school," said Lilly Vale, a mother of two young kids who resides near the Poha area in West Guadalcanal. "We cook them over hot stones...we keep the stones hot throughout the day just to keep the yam hot." Lilly says that leftovers are often wrapped in banana leaves and stored in the kitchen, normally a leaf hut separate from the main house.

Lilly says that her family will continue to consume yam even though many in the village seem to prefer rice nowadays. "I just think that it is healthier, I have noticed many of the villagers getting sick when they switch to rice and tinned food...our grandparents lived healthy lives until they were very old, most depended only on yam and sea food."

Dietitians would agree with Lilly since Yams are high in Vitamin C and Vitamin B6. This means that yams are high in potassium and low in sodium which is likely to produce a good potassium-sodium balance in the human body, and so protect against osteoporosis and heart diseases.

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As my Cassava chips product has already develop and it takes several month to understand the market needs then I try to do my home works, trying to set advertising, marketing development and conjunction selling strategy. All this method has already been try for several weeks with unsatisfied result.

Yet I never give up with my effort, try to asked the seller why my product did not meet satisfaction and they also find a difficulty to answer, I wondering do I made a mistake with my package or I don’t understand the market, from my observation I feel that this is already last effort and try so many method which is still the result unchanged end up with low revenue, low selling volume.. Almost given up then I try to search and find the solution, by chance I find a link Clickbooth Webinars that will help to solve my problem and it’s not so difficult to practice and less effort really I also surprised with the result, you may also try to find the solution on the link if it you facing the same problem with me. Nothing to lose just in case you’ve been in trouble and desperate to do a sales technique or sales strategy just give it a try.

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Disease devastates cassava crop, threatens hunger

Brazzaville (The Republic of Congo) - Cassava is the staple food for most people in the Republic of Congo, but this main source of nourishment is being threatened by a disease that has spread to most areas of the country.

"We've been having problems for more than two years and it's getting worse with the mosaic destroying our crops," said Rose Ambeto, who has several cassava fields. The virus, known as cassava mosaic disease (CMD), attacks the leaves of the plant and limits the growth of its roots. It is spread by insects or by diseased cassava being transplanted to new areas.

"Our harvests are getting worse and worse. That's why bags of fufu and roots are so expensive in the markets," she said.

Fufu is eaten across Africa and is made by boiling starchy roots like cassava, also known as manioc, in water and then pounding them until they reach a porridge-like consistency.

Veronique Okaka, who grows cassava in Ouesso in Congo's Sangha department, also complained of hard times due to the cassava mosaic.

"Before, we had enough to feed our children and to make some money for other things. But lately, because of this disease, we sometimes get fufu from Cameroon," she said.

The price of a bag of fufu has soared from 15,000 CFA (US$28.50) to 35,000 CFA ($67) in recent months in Congolese markets, partly because of the problems faced by growers and traders of cassava. Specialists in Congo's agricultural ministry say the disease might lead to a drop of between 60 and 90 percent in harvests and could throw entire communities into a critical food situation.

CMD has been spreading throughout central Africa and arrived in the Republic of Congo in the mid-1990s.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has been at the forefront in the battle against the disease. The only known way to fight it is to develop varieties that are resistant to the virus and distribute them to farmers.

In Pool, one of Congo's worst-hit departments, the ICRC has been growing these resistant varieties. Over a two-month period last year, it took cuttings from these plants and distributed them to groups of cassava growers in the area. The ICRC has handed out 330,000 cuttings to about 100 different groups, benefiting about 1,500 families. These groups received training in how to stop the spread of CMD, and were also given ploughing equipment.

In October, the ICRC joined the Congolese Red Cross and the agriculture ministry to provide training in Kinkala in the Pool Department on ways of fighting the disease.

The departments of Pool and Plateaux, also badly hit by the epidemic, recently received more than 330,000 cuttings of six different varieties of cassava developed in 2004 by the International Institute of Agricultural Technologies (IITA) in Kinshasa, in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo. Another 175,000 cuttings, taken from four new resistant strains, are being distributed in four other departments.

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Cassava Makes a Comeback From Disease

After much news about high food prices and food insecurity, there's some good news about a main African staple. Cassava has made a major comeback.

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization says after years of massive crop failures caused by a virus and other diseases, farmers are now harvesting healthy plants – especially in Burundi, the DRC, Rwanda and Uganda.

From Rome, Nebambi Lutaladio, a specialist in the FAO's plant production and protection division, spoke to VOA's Joe De Capua about the importance of the cassava comeback.

"This is a root crop. It ranks as one of the important food crops in sub-Saharan Africa and particularly in the…Great Lakes region, where it actually contributes to about 40 to 50 percent calorie intake. It is the main component of their daily menu of the middle class and the poor… This crop is grown for food, cash and other uses by millions of farmers. Many of them are women," he says.

Cassava, however, became the target is disease, which spread quickly. "Over the past…decade, a severe cassava disease, which is called Cassava Mosaic Virus Disease… And this disease has spread devastating the crop and had a very serious impact on the production."

In some areas, cassava production dropped by as much as 80 percent. Lutaladio says that the loss of cassava crops affected "the resilience of the people."

He says," Cassava is a survival or subsistence crop. They draw most of their dietary energy from that crop. If the basic crop is not there, then they tend not to be able to cope very well."
The FAO distributed virus-free planting material in Great Lakes countries to some 330,000 small-scale farmers. The result plentiful harvests, according to the FAO, have benefited over one and a half million people.

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Indonesia's Medco eyes cassava in new ethanol plant

Indonesia's largest listed energy firm PT Medco Energi Internasional Tbk will start a 180,000 litres per day ethanol plant later this year, using cassava as a feedstock, a senior official said on Wednesday.

Bio-ethanol production from the plant in Lampung in southern Sumatra will be exported to Japan and the European Union, said President Director Djatnika Puradinata from PT Medco Methanol Bunyu, a unit of Medco Energi (MEDC.JK: Quote, Profile, Research).

"We will run at full capacity once the plant becomes operational. It will be the biggest ethanol facility in Indonesia and we are now negotiating with potential buyers for the product," Djatnika told Reuters on the sidelines of an energy forum in Singapore.

Besides this $45 million plant, there are currently four to five ethanol facilities in Indonesia, each with capacity of 120,000 litres per day or lower, he said.

"We plan to build another five biofuel plants within four years from now and we are studying the feedstock," Djatnika added.

Medco preferred cassava to sugarcane although the latter offers the highest yield, as Indonesia already relies heavily on sugar imports.

"We will use cassava in the new plant and it's important for the plant to be near the feedstock. Time is limited for processing. The starch content in cassava will change beyond 24 hours," he said.

Indonesia has nine refineries with 1.057 million barrels per day capacity but is forced to import fuels to feed growing transport and power sector demand.

"Biofuel is seen as a substitute product and it will strengthen the country's energy security. We have plenty of arable land, also good for palm oil. There is no need for deforestation," Djatnika said.

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Cassava price hit after factory fire

The Quang Ngai provincial People’s Committee deputy chairman, Truong Ngoc Nhi, is trying to save the price of cassava for farmers unable to sell their crop to the fire-damaged Tinh Phong Cassava Processing Factory.

The official has asked the management board of the damaged factory to store the cassava until processing can resume.

If not, he wants the central province’s Dong Xuan Cassava Factory or the Son Hai Cassava Factory to take the crop.

But the effort may be in vain.

As farmer Nguyen Thi Dao explains, she will have to sell her cassava to retailers for VND400,000 (US$23) per tonne – about half the price the processors pay – before it rots.

Hundreds of her fellow cassava growers are in the same plight. Their collective 11,000ha of crop is dedicated to the Tinh Phong Cassava Processing Factory which buys it for about VND900,000 ($53) per tonne.

Tinh Phong Cassava Processing Factory director Tran Ngoc Hai has undertaken to have the production line with its daily capacity of 100 tonnes repaired.

"But it would take at least two months for the factory to resume work," he said.

The fire, last Saturday, spoiled 50 tonnes of cassava flour and thousands of litres of oil before being put out.

Initial estimates put the damage at more than VND3 billion ($182,000).

More than 2,000 litres of the leaking oil has been mopped up and the provincial People’s Committee has ordered the factory’s management to clear the surrounds of the oil and cassava flour. — VNS

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Design Bridge creates branding for cassava chips

Design Bridge in London has designed the branding for a range of snacks that launched in the UK last month.

The Joseph Banks cassava root chips are aimed at health conscious consumers.
They are low in fat, gluten free and cholesterol free.

Design Bridge's packaging was influenced by the ideas, principles and enthusiasm of Joseph Banks, the 18th century naturalist and botanist. These influences are communicated across the brand, from its identity and packaging through to promotional materials and sales collateral.

The 113g packs were manufactured by Maxindo in Indonesia.

Joseph Banks Cassava Chips are the first product launch from the brand, which is owned by Unique Food Group in New Zealand, and are available in four flavours from UK supermarkets.

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Cool stuff to play

For me it’s easier made a cake from cassava rather then playing Roulette, actually Roulette is cool stuff and easy to play, but I don’t know why I am not the man that hands on with this stuff.

I have a funny story when I was in a senior high school, we always try something that we have seen on TV, I saw one of my favorites serial television, it’s about the activity at casino and one of the game is a big vertical round table and always spinning around and there is so many picture inside of that round table, I thought this is a wheel, but the funny is when I try to mentioned the name of the game all my friend always laugh at me and I am still does not understand why they all laugh at me. Then I realize that the way I said roulette is have a different pronunciation.

We have kind game that we called it “dremulen” I understand maybe you all don’t know a bout this kind of game, but when we play this “dremulen” is almost the same with roulette that in Vegas is very famous, still until now I’d rather busy with my cassava thing rather then playing a roulette.

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China ethanol approval for cassava plan

Hainan, China-based Hainan Yedao Group (SHA:600238) said it has received approval from experts who inspected its new 100,000-ton (33 million U.S. gallon) ethanol plant in Haikou, in the southern islands of China.

Hainan Yedao and partners have invested 350 million RMB ($51.5 million USD) in the plant, which plans to produce the fuel using cassava, a woody shrub that grows in the subtropical region of southern China.

Cassava is China’s fifth-largest crop yield after rice, sweet potato, sugar cane, and maize. The Guangxi region accounts for 70 percent of the country’s yield, averaging 7 million tons a year.

Hainan Yedao is a liquor and healthcare product maker that announced plans in July to build ethanol fuel projects jointly with a state-owned petrochemical company.

In addition to ethanol, the Haikou plant is expected to produce 20,000 tons of carbon dioxide a year.

The company has leased 4,498 hectares of land in Laos to plant cassava for the facility.

China is the third largest ethanol producer in the world, behind the U.S. and Brazil, according to (see Coskata enters China ethanol market). Ten of 22 provinces have mandated the use of ethanol-blended gasoline in cars.

But Beijing recently banned the use of grains in fuel ethanol because of concerns about the impact on the food supply (see China considering banning corn ethanol).

The first fuel ethanol plant based on non-grain feedstock in China opened in December. That plant, also China’s first cassava-powered ethanol plant, is located in Beihai, Guangxi.

The facility, operated by a subsidiary of Beijing-based China Oil and Food Corporation (COFCO), is expected to produce 200,000 tons of ethanol and 50,000 tons of cellulosic ethanol annually from 1.5 million tons of cassava.

China's Beihai Gofar Marine Biological Industry (SHA:600538) has also announced plans for a 100,000 ton-per-year cassava-based ethanol plant in the Guangxi region.

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The Largest Taxi Company

Last week when I have an invitation from one of the famous and well-known university at Surabaya, Indonesia I try to used public transportation and by chance I meet with one of the larges taxi company, which all the taxi unit rank is number one between all taxi Company in Surabaya, surprising me when I enter the car and sit at back of the driver.

For a while I think maybe this is a brand new car, but after several block I asked the driver “ what kind of car is it Sir ” asked me seriously, “ Oh…this is Nissan Sunny ” answer the driver, then I take a deep breath and continue my curiosity “ Oh… Nissan Sunny?..ya..ya.. I know this car was build if I am not mistake year 2004, and this is a 1300 cc, with 5 speed transmission…wow.. this is 4 year used car? “Yes Sir this an old car but Nissan is the greatest car that I ever know Sir, because almost everyday I use this car for living Sir, and I never having a serious problem with this car ” says the driver with his smile.

No wonder this taxi company become very big and has so many unit, well for me this is new information that I can recommended to all my friend but because not many Nissan at Indonesia, for me better if you visit to Nissan Dealer MA, for more details information and I guarantee you will get the information that you all need.

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Experts call for value addition to cassava products

Some agricultural experts have suggested that new researches into cassava should focus more on ways to add value to cassava products to boost their export potential.
The experts, who met at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan , said that there was also the need to diversify the usage of cassava products locally and internationally.

A correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), who was at the seminar, reports that the experts agreed that these developments would make cassava and its bye products remain relevant.

Ms Elizerbeth Parkes, a breeder with the Ghana-based Council for Scientific and Industrial Research Crop Research Institute, said the paradigm shift should be from cassava production to meeting target markets.
Parkes said that improved cassava production would help to improve standards of living of cassava farmers by tapping into high-value markets.
“Cassava has transformed from a poor man’s subsistence crop to an industrial one.
"What we need to do now is to find ways to move from just improving production and productivity to identifying and introducing specific traits that markets want," she said.

Parkes said that since the early 1970's, agricultural research centers of major cassava-producing countries in sub-Saharan Africa had released more than 200 improved varieties.

According to her, the utilisation of the crop has grown with the rise in demand for cassava-based products such as flour, ethanol, glucose and starch, among others, Dr. Alfred Dixon, IITA Cassava Breeder, advised other breeders to develop cassava varieties comparable in quality and cheaper than wheat flour.

"We are not only interested in putting food on farmers’ tables but also money in their pockets," he said.

The IITA chief advised that new programmes for cassava breeding should be more proactive in "heading-off pest and diseases".
"We need not wait until diseases become prominent before we work on them. Action must be taken at the first sign of an infection.

"Breeding programes must continue producing varieties that are better resistant to important diseases like the mosaic virus and cassava brown streak," she said.

Prof. Malachy Akoroda of the Department of Agronomy at the University of Ibadan, said that cassava was gaining prominence because of its unique qualities for poverty reduction.
He said that the cassava's drought resistance qualities stood it out among others, adding that the crop has the ability to mitigate the impact of climate change in Africa .
Akoroda said that cassava has numerous advantages and urged African governments to identify and tap these opportunities.
Farmers, on their part, identified the tuber's bulkiness and perish ability as two important aspects that breeding programmes needed to appraise.
The farmers said that the bulkiness had made easy evacuation impossible and was also responsible for the high cost of transportation from farm gates to processing outlets.

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Lets do it….

We always concerned with our appearances men, women, and we also care with our health. Let say if you are adult and still single but you never exercise and you never care with your meal, your live still just like the way you are, and I guarantee that you will become so big and overweight and of course you will not confident with your appearance, for some people it will not become a problem but still many that think this is bad habits, because people will look from your physical appearance first rather then your position or you wealthy. Well it’s up to you it’s your choice you the one that can decide whether you will look handsome, fresh and cheerful.

My folks say if you feel that by doing the exercise can help you reduce your fat and make you feel confident just do it! But always remember that inner beauty is also important in our live, so need our effort to stay in a good shape and good health, by consuming nutrition that body can not produce it and remember that male enhancement will be on top of our priority, well why wait? Lets do it guys!! Nothing to lose right?

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Reserve food for nutrition feeding of Filipina

In the face of the ever present threat of world hunger and climate change, the Filipinos can be consoled that there are reserve food for nutrition feeding of Filipinos. These are the cassava and moringa or what is known as malungay to most.

The Philippines is visited by an average of 26 typhoons each year. Natural and man made disasters including conflicts hit the Filipinos most who are in the countryside. Almost always, reserved food is needed. It should be food that is nutritious, palatable, easy logistically speaking, economical, available and sustainable. All of these has been achieved through the specially developed reserved food made of cassava, malunggay, and many others.

Ms. Lourdes Montevirgen, a food scientist from the Department of Science and Technology made a presentation on reserve food for Filipinos in one meeting of the Management Association of the Philippines.

Ms. Montevirgen said that cassava is a crisis crop. It is staple food for more than 500 million people. In times of war, drought or low national income, consumption increases relative to alternate food staples like maize, rice, wheat.

Cassava, Ms. Montevigen added, can remain in the ground for up to 3 years prior to harvest thus providing an easily maintained food reserve. It adapts to a wide range of growing conditions, soil types and fertility levels. It is able to yield on soils of extremely low fertility and is often grown where other crops have failed.

Cassava should be promoted as an important staple food which can spur rural industrial development, increase local work opportunities, and raise income of producers, processors and traders.

Products with good market potentials must be promoted like cassava flour, prepared foods snacks, cooked leaves, boiled fresh roots, animal feed, alcohol for chemical industries, glue, starches for strong textiles and paper, and industrial sweeteners. It should broaden the recognition of cassava in its important role of providing food security. It is the primary reserve food in times of calamities.

On the other hand, Moringa or Malungay is the world's most valuable plant. It is a powerful tool to combat global malnutrition. It is called the miracle vegetable since it contains all essential amino acids to build strong and healthy bodies which are rare for a plant source.

Ms. Montevirgen said that Reserve Food for disaster management is necessary because in times of disaster, more often than not there will be no access to food for days and even weeks. Basic services (like water, gas, electricity, communications, transportation, etc.) may be cut off, and perishable food will not last.

Reserve food provides nutrition and security. It will also help economic growth and uplift the lives of farmers and people in the countryside.

For areas that implemented these programs, the following benefits were realized: encouraged urban planting, instilled self reliance, resulted in practice of good solid waste management, actualized nutrition feeding, mitigated disasters, increased food security and livelihood.

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Instant nutrition in cassava

Scientists have determined how to fortify the cassava plant, a staple root crop in many developing countries, with enough vitamins, minerals and protein to provide the poor and malnourished with a day's worth of nutrition in a single meal.

The researchers have further engineered the cassava plant so it can resist the crop's most damaging viral threats and are refining methods to reduce cyanogens, substances that yield poisonous cyanide if they are not properly removed from the food before consumption. The reduction of cyanogens also can shorten the time it takes to process the plant into food, which typically requires three to six days to complete.

Studies also are under way to extend the plant's shelf life so it can be stored or shipped.

The international team of scientists hopes to translate the greenhouse research into a product that can be field tested in at least two African nations by 2010. Funded by more than $12.1 million in grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the group of researchers is led by Richard Sayre, a professor of plant cellular and molecular biology at Ohio State University.

Sayre presented an update on the BioCassava Plus project June 30 at the American Society of Plant Biologists meeting in Mérida, Mexico.

"This is the most ambitious plant genetic engineering project ever attempted," Sayre said. "Some biofortification strategies have the objective of providing only a third of the daily adult nutrition requirements since consumers typically get the rest of their nutritional requirements from other foods in their diet. But global food prices have recently gone sky high, meaning that many of the poorest people are now eating just one meal a day, primarily their staple food.

"So what we're working on has become even more important in the last year than it was when we started, not just in regions where people are malnourished, but across developing countries where food has gotten so expensive that people can't afford the diverse diet that they're used to."

Cassava (Manihot esculenta) is the primary source of calories for an estimated 800 million people worldwide, including 250 million people in sub-Saharan Africa, the current focus of the Gates-funded project. But the plentiful crop has several drawbacks. It is composed almost entirely of carbohydrates so it does not provide complete nutrition.

"So what we're working on has become even more important in the last year than it was when we started, not just in regions where people are malnourished, but across developing countries where food has gotten so expensive that people can't afford the diverse diet that they're used to."

The roots can be banked in the ground for up to three years, providing food security, but the plant must undergo time-consuming processing immediately after harvest to remove compounds that generate cyanide. Unprocessed roots also deteriorate within 48 hours after harvest, limiting the food's shelf life. And a plant disease caused by the geminivirus reduces yields by 30 percent to 50 percent in many areas in sub-Saharan Africa, a major blow to farm productivity.

Sayre and colleagues from multiple institutions set out to tackle virtually all of cassava's problems to make the plant more nutritious and to increase the crop's revenue-producing potential for farmers.

Sayre reported that the research team has been able to address each of the plant's deficiencies in individual transgenic plants. The next step will be to combine some or all of the bioengineered traits into a single, farmer-preferred cultivar, with the goal of eventually developing cassava varieties that carry all of the improvements developed by the researchers.

"We've begun field trials in Puerto Rico to make sure the plants perform as well outside as they do in greenhouses, and we hope to start field trials in the target countries of Nigeria and Kenya by 2009," Sayre said.

The labs in the project have used a variety of techniques to improve on the model cassava plant used for the research. They used genes that facilitate mineral transport to produce a cassava root that accumulates more iron and zinc from the soil. To fortify the plants with a form of vitamin E and beta-carotene (also called pro-vitamin A because it converts to vitamin A in the body), the scientists introduced genes into the plant that increase terpenoid and carotenoid production, the precursors for pro-vitamin A and vitamin E. They achieved a 30-fold increase in pro-vitamin A, which is critical for human vision, bone and skin health, metabolism and immune function.

Adding protein to the cassava plant has posed a challenge, Sayre said. The scientists discovered that most of the nitrogen required to make the amino acids used for protein synthesis in roots is derived from the cyanogens that also cause cyanide toxicity. So their strategy for increasing protein levels in roots focuses on accelerating the conversion of cyanide-containing compounds into protein rather than completely eliminating cyanogen production, which would hinder the efforts to increase protein production, Sayre explained. To further address the cyanide problem, the scientists have also developed a way to accelerate the processing methods required to remove cyanide - a days-long combination of peeling, soaking and drying the roots before they are eaten.

To strengthen the cassava plant's resistance to viruses, the scientists introduced a protein and small interfering RNA molecules that interfere with the viruses' ability to reproduce.

Prolonging cassava's shelf life has involved the development of a hybrid species that crosses two related plants native to Texas and Brazil. The strategy, still in development, will combine the properties of these plants and additional genes that function as antioxidants, slowing the rotting process that has been traced to the production of free radicals that damage and kill cells in newly harvested cassava roots.

The first cassava product the team plans to develop for investigations in the field will likely include the virus resistance, elevated protein, elevated beta-carotene (pro-vitamin A) and elevated minerals (iron and zinc), Sayre said.

"These traits have been working the best in the greenhouse, and the virus resistance is critical to success in the field," he said. "The thinking behind starting with these four traits is driven by science and by the impact they can have."

The BioCassava Plus project was launched with a $7.5 million grant from the Gates Foundation and recently received an additional $4.6 million in supplemental funding from the foundation to accelerate the application of this research in Africa by African scientists. The supplemental funding will support the training of African scientists so they can produce the transgenic plants in African institutions for use on African farms.

"It will not only be an improved staple crop eaten as a main source of nutrition, but we're also looking at the transformation of cassava from a staple crop to an income-generating crop," Sayre said. "That lifts people out of poverty, allows families to send kids to school and build infrastructure in their villages, so this is an important way to cross cultural barriers. There are many different cultures and languages in Africa, but higher crop yield, productivity, longer shelf life and making money are things that everyone understands."

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Cassava Root of 179 Cultivars Grown in Indonesia

Analysis of cyanogenic potential, linamarin, acetone cyanohydrin and free HCN/CN−of 179 cultivars of cassava root grown in Oxisol Soil at Muara Experimentation, West Java, Indonesia, was conducted using picrate paper kits introduced by Bradbury et al. (1999). Two plants of each clone were harvested. Two roots were taken from each plant, peeled and cut according to protocol A of the picrate paper kits. Although the average content of cyanogenic potential of 179 cassava cultivars is 82 ppm, only 6.8% cyanogenic potentials was in the form of HCN/CN−(5.6 ppm), 23% as acetone cyanohydrin (19.9 ppm), and most of them (70%) as linamarin (57.1 ppm). The cyanogenic potential content clustered into very high levels (234–138 ppm) found in 10% of 179 cultivars, high (134–84 ppm) in 15% cultivars, medium (81–55 ppm) in 17% cultivars, low (54–36 ppm) in 19% cultivars, and very low (35–9 ppm) in 40% cultivars. The linamarin, acetone cyanohydrin and HCN/CN−were also clustered into 5 levels. The range, member of each cluster and name of the clone are given in the text. It was also found that no correlation existed between the cyanogen contents and total amount and weight of roots per plant.

Research Institute for Food Crops Biotechnology

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Cassava balls

The cassava is widely consumed in the three peruvian natural regions: coast, mountains (Andes) and jungle (Amazonic forest). It’s the third largest source of carbohydrates for human food in the world and it’s used in ethnomedicine to threat diarrhea, malaria, hypertension, headaches and even the irritable bowel syndrome.
Being so good, it was eaten by the Incas in a lot of dishes. But for now, we’ll enjoy it in this recipe that will be useful as an entrée for 5-6 people.


  • 1 kg (2.2 lb) of cassava
  • 2 tablespoons of butter, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese
  • 1-2 egg yolks, slightly beaten
  • Mozzarella cheese, in little cubes, to stuff the balls (optional)
  • Flour
  • 2 teaspoons of yellow chili/pepper in paste (see the link)
  • 8 leaves of basil
  • Vegetable oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Peel the cassava, cut in medium pieces and put in a pot covered by water. Boil and cook until it gets soft and tender.

Strain. Add the butter, the parmesan cheese and the yolks. Knead until get a soft puree; mix well: the puree must be thick.

Take a portion in your hands a make a little ball. You can put in the center of each ball a piece of mozzarella cheese. Pass the cassava balls by flour and refrigerate for a couple of hours.

Heat oil in a frying pan. When the oil is hot, fry the cassava balls. The oil must be always hot to get the balls browned without melting the cheese inside.

You can serve with the Huancayo-style cream, used in the papas a la huancaina.

Optional: Before frying the cassava balls, when you get the puree, you can add yellow chili/pepper in paste. When you’re stuffing with cheese, you can put a little piece of basil too.

You’ll get, more or less, 30 cassava balls.

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Protect your self and your family

Life styles we never realize that we are surrounding by something that make us feel secure, easy, and comfortable. In this 21st century no one will deny that home security cameras also become our solution for our safety. Long time a go when we have an asset that really need our big attention to protect, we will hired a bodyguard or security which is has a good skills in self defense, although now days we still used that kind of protection, but the percentage is down if we compare with 6 or 10 years ago.

In this century we just need to push a button and its done, you can imagine if we have a big apartment and the content is expensive and valuable but we have no technology who can support for the security think, what will you feel ?..Always consider that we need to set up a plan that our home is every think and our family is more then world.

Planning our security at home is very simple if we understand and wisely spent our budget for something that it’s a worth it for us and for our family. Lets us starting now build a synergy and protect our selves in our neighborhood. Starting from us protect your self and your family.

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Cassava and cheese pies

Cassava in Peru, also known as mandioca in other countries- is one of the three more popular tubers next to the potato and the sweet potato.

Today, we’ll see a special way to prepare the popular empanadas, using the cassava to make a pastry. You can use them also as snacks. Follow the recipe and you’ll get 30 pies.


  • 500 g (1 lb) of cassava
  • 1/4 cup of melted butter
  • 1/4 cup of flour
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon of baking powder
  • Processed cheese or cheese spread
  • 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese
  • Vegetable oil


Peel the cassavas, put them in a pot and cover with water. Cook until they get very soft.

Remove from the flame and press them with a fork. Remove the roots. Add the melted butter, yolks, parmesan and baking powder. Knead.

Cut the pastry in half and spread on a floured surface. Cut circles of 6 cm (2.5 inches). Put cheese in the circle’s center and make the pie sealing the edge with your finger or with a fork. Repeat with the rest of the pastry and refrigerate 30 minutes.

Before serving, heat vegetable oil in a frying pan, flour slightly the pies and fry them until they get brown. Remove from the flame and put them on paper towel.

Serve 2 or 3 per person.

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Daily food

Lately still high ranking the adult having a problem with fat, and mostly is female who has this problem, they already try hard to burned the fat that of course will make us fell a shamed and feel no confident, especially when we attend an invitation that need us to dress up “black tie”

Well all the problem has their own solution, people already knowing that junk food is the one who contribute this major problem. Although everybody know about this food is bad for our health, still they consumed. Nature has already provide all our needs it’s just need our justification whether this is good for our health or not. There always a choices to chose, for instant if we know that rice is has a lot of sugar, then we need to replace it with Cassava which is has the same content of nutrition, especially carbohydrate from rice which is contribute a lot of sugar nutrition which can effect with so many health problem if we consumed a lot.

For us this is not so difficult to make a list from our daily consumed just need spent your little time to write down what we can eat and what we can not. Or if we have a difficulty to make a decision or we want to have clear information about anything related to our health try find diet reviews for your own beneficiary.

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Cassava of Manukan

Region IX : Zamboanga Del Norte

Organic, Herbal & Natural Products
Cassava is one of the most important rootcrops in the Philippines.

Cassava is one of the most important rootcrops in the Philippines. It is being utilized as food, feeds (poultry, livestock and aquaculture) and many other industrial purposes

The assured market of Cassava by San Miguel Corp. had prompted the LGU of an all-out campaign for cassava production in Manukan.

Sales : PhP 1.5 Million
Markets : San Miguel Corp.
Industry Linkage : Farmers
Potentials of OTOP : Processing

more info : otopphilippines dot gov dot ph

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One more from Kususka - Cassava Chip

Kusuka bring you Cassava Chips glazed in Balado flavor. By using the best quality cassava production and processing of innovative and modern, makes this a unique cassava sauce and high taste.
please try sensation Kusuka Glazed Cassava Chips and we are sure you will enjoy them.

Cassav, palm oil, sugar, salt, chilli and garlic

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Funny story with my Dads

My father like very much with his collection, almost every day he always touch up and polish his collection and for him this a daily activity that never been forget. As usual early in the morning he lay down at terrace his favorite place, and there already a cup of coffee in his table, and also one that he never forget is “sugar cassava” his favorites menu accompany him and never forget also his cigarette in his lips.

He starting his activity, polishing his favorite old car Cadillac sedan hardtop 4window 1960,also has a nickname “flattop”version.
He never forget to ride surrounding his house with my little brother accompany him. There is a funny story that we ever discuss with him about his favorite cars, and as a young generation we feel that the old car, or classic cars is not comfortable for riding especially if we run with speed 75 kmh, and he claim that my opinion is wrong and he willing to asked me and challenge me to joint at his tour that will be take around 70 km journey.

I take that challenge, and the day after we discuss the route and all the preparation for this challenge. At the first time he start his classic Cadillac it takes around 15 minute, then we continue with our journey, and not so long we already 20 km away with constantly drive about 30 Kmh! oh God this is not good I feel terrible the car is so slow, and Smokey, then I told him that better if you have no expert mechanic better if you go directly to Used Cadillacs Harrisburg PA the experts company who can solving your problem Dad…

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Stories bioethanol from Sukabumi

Three months ago while fired a cup of coffee, Wien Iskandar bioetanol products to offer transportation drivers city. The result of the owners of numbers in Sukabumi, West Java, now regularly buy artificial bioethanol Wien Iskandar. Five hundred liters bioethanol production a day, fill out the tanks the numbers. Tarumanagara University alumni that meraup earnings-Rp111 million a month from business bioethanol.

Wien Iskandar owners to sell bioethanol numbers in 2 forms. From bioethanol production of 500 liters per day, 400 liters sold directly to the price of Rp. 8000, 10,000 per liter. Driver-driver to buy a few liters of numbers and mixed with their own premium in the tank car. Meanwhile, 100 liters of other, he oplos with premium and sold Rp. 5,000 per liter. Bioetanol share of only 10% alias E10. Mixture is also called gasohol shortness of gasoline alcohol.

Currently, 600 numbers recorded in Sukabumi routine 'consume' bioethanol cardboard Wien. 'It was a lot of owners suspicious numbers, I mix with kerosene and size does not fit,' said the man was 49 years old recall. To convince consumers, the owner of PT Panca Jaya Raharja bioethanol give it free for 2 days. Because feel more comfortable, they eventually become customers bioetanol production Wien Iskandar.

'Towing machine so more light. I will continue to use bioethanol, 'said H. Sapari, the owner of numbers. Two months since November 2007, he was subscribing to bioetanol to fuel 3 angkotnya majors Cidahu-Cicurug, both in Sukabumi. Each numbers to 25 liters of E10 fuel per day. Bioethanol used by the owner Sapari numbers and other raw cassava is based sugar cane waste

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Bioethanol, fuel Friendly Environment

BOGOR - When cassava can be processed into confectionery, it is normal. But when the cassava is processed into fuel oil (fuel), high-quality, which called the bioetanol certainly extraordinary. With certain techniques and processes, cassava can be processed into fuel.

To produce one liter six bioethanol required half a kilogram of cassava. So that can be applied in the vehicle, bioetanol still must be mixed with a premium. The difference one appeal or nine liters of bioethanol should be mixed with nine liters of premium.

According to Eka Bukit, produesen bioethanol, the use of this type of fuel gas emissions dispose of the vehicle so low. "The engines are not titillate," said Eka at the Bogor Institute of Agriculture, West Java. Not only that, researchers from the IPB also assess the quality of bioethanol equivalent pertamax.

Bioethanol have been sold freely in the market with a price of around Rp 15 thousand per liter. However, to use, machines, vehicles must be modified first. For that you want to know how to make bioetanol, can follow the training provided IPB free.

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No need to buy now

As usual we always facing problem when we try to combine or compare my cassava chips with other traditional food, last night I really interesting with one of my college hobbies he likes cassava so much but he also like driving a fancy car with branded items cars. Several collections of branded cars he has already but still he always hunting and find other.

For me it is just a simple think to understand his questions “tell me how you can compare what is the different between 3 branded car, that I mention Toyota 2008 scion and Mazda “ actually I understand very well this favorite car especially I have an information detail at 2008 scion tc reviews no need to asked to to the seller for it detail specification.

Last Saturday we when to the big car dealer and asked several question about my favorite cars, but still we not yet decide which one that me and my wife to buy, although several cars dealer we already survey. well until we decide not to rush to buy the cars since we also need to split the budget with other think and still the needs for this transportation tools still not yet need to replace.

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A unigene catalogue of 5700 expressed genes in cassava

Full Abstract
Two economically important characters, starch content and cassava bacterial blight resistance, were targeted to generate a large collection of cassava ESTs. Two libraries were constructed from cassava root tissues of varieties with high and low starch contents. Other libraries were constructed from plant tissues challenged by the pathogen Xanthomonas axonopodis pv.manihotis.
We report here the single pass sequencing of 11,954 cDNA clones from the 5' ends, including 111 from the 3' ends. Cluster analysis permitted the identification of a unigene set of 5,700 sequences. Sequence analyses permitted the assignment of a putative functional category for 37% of sequences whereas approximately 16% sequences did not show any significant similarity with other proteins present in the database and therefore can be considered as cassava specific genes. A group of genes belonging to a large multigene family was identified. We characterize a set of genes detected only in infected libraries putatively involved in the defense response to pathogen infection.
By comparing two libraries obtained from cultivars contrasting in their starch content a group of genes associated to starch biosynthesis and differentially expressed was identified.
This is the first large cassava EST resource developed today and publicly available thus making a significant contribution to genomic knowledge of cassava.

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KINGKONG Cassava chip

KINGKONG Cassava chip Made from cassava special the certifiable in slices the same flimsy and given flavor with quality so that this cassava chip is very crisp, delicious, hygienic and no cholesterol

Cassava, palm oil, sugar, chiken black pepper seasoning powder and salt

Information of value gizi
(serving measuring 25 g)

total energy 1300 kkaljavascript:void(0)
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total fat 60 kkal

Fat 7 g
Protein 1g
Carbohydrate 17 g
Sugar 1 g
Natrium 60mg

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Today is not my day

Early morning October 10, 2008, I am ready for my big day, well it is already three months I’ve been waiting for this occasion. First week of July I have submitted my proposal for bio fuel, and bio ethanol to Department of Agriculture at Lamongan – East Java – Indonesia.

They were very interested in Bio Fuel that I ever post at my blog , several community at Turi Village – Lamongan East Java Indonesia, has already this kind of project and want to share with me as they see that my article really useful for their community. For me this is a chance and challenge to develop this bio fuel project, since they also has the same interest.

So I’ve decided to give a talk. and assume that my tools for my presentation is ready and they already prepared everything for my presentation for their development project in bio fuel…while they in their activity, I try to set up my tools, I really want to show to the community that my presentation is good presentation, and I really confident at that time.

The audience is really enthusiast and I start my presentation with my first page, second and so on , I have a little bit trouble,……suddenly my flash presentation is stuck and I could not continue my presentation. Despite many times to carry on, still it does not work properly and end up with my first page of presentation.
At that time need extra touch for it, I have no idea why it’s become worst, although I have prepare it in a long time. After a while, I continue to do it and the worst is my presentation stuck!!

My best friend ever told me that he ever heard about one of the company that has a problem solving for this experience, he told me that my presentation will be best presentation that I ever have. Just need to type what I need and pass to Chicago Video Production Company for stand out presentation, visual stunning and it can help creating our presentation better, well just need to give a try, nothing to lose right?

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Develop bioethanol from cassava

Administration in Sidoarjo regency, in cooperation with the 10 November Institute of Technology (ITS), Surabaya, is developing bioethanol as an alternative to replace kerosene increasingly rare.

Meanwhile, institutions are developing technology that is applied, the processing plant design and conduct a series of research and training programs for farmers, local government is encouraging the planting called gendruwo (very large) plant cassava as raw materials for alternative energy.

Regent of Sidoarjo, Win Hendrarso, hailed the development of bioethanol as alternative energy, since the government-run oil-gas to energy conversion program failed, with natural gas, liquid, which can not be reached for the majority of poor people.

"I do not want to see people formed long queues for scarce and expensive oil. We must find solutions to the energy crisis and bioethanol can help make energy a successful campaign," he told The Jakarta Post on Thursday.

District administration and ITS has been providing training for local farmers and conduct research on how to produce bioethanol from cassava, as has been done in other provinces, he said. Farmers will be encouraged to intensive sugar cane and soybean crops, which can be used to produce alcohol. The district administration is committed to build a large factory to produce bioethanol, he added.

ITS Chairman of the research team, Sri Nurhatika, said that if the energy project that can be successfully implemented, one liter of bioethanol will be equal to nine liters of kerosene.

"A liter of bioethanol cost Rp 10,000, but the cost of kerosene to Rp 4,000 per liter," he said, adding that the development of cassava bioethanol to become more efficient and secure grains from or sugar cane, which can be vulnerable to food crisis in the future.

He said cassava waste can be recycled as feed for animals, such as processing factory will extract the carbohydrate component of cassava, the discarding of protein.

"The technology is environmentally friendly and will not waste dump."

Sri said the team is also conducting an experiment on the use of bioethanol for motorcycles and cars. "If this project is reasonable and efficient, we will campaign for the use of bioethanol for cars."

Eko Bambang Alfiatno, researchers from the University of Airlangga, said the bioethanol from crops such as cassava and bananas must be promoted and developed further by the government to win the race in the world of alternative energy.

"Indonesia still has a land area of neglected land that can be converted into and cassava plantations for the production of alternative energy," he said, adding that the existing agricultural land must be preserved for agriculture to avoid food shortages.

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Tangub City sets aside 1000 hactares for cassava production

Cagayan de Oro City, A total of 1,000 hectares of land is being set aside by the City Government of Tangub for cassava production in support of the target of the provincial government of Misamis Occidental.

According to Provincial Agriculturist Jose Sattore, the land is located at the hinterland barangays in the city.

"Tangub City, through the leadership of Mayor Tan, is setting aside 1,000 hectares of land to be used for cassava plantation and these barangays will benefit the support from Korean investors, " Satorre said.

He added that this project would surely provide employment and livelihood to the people in the barangays because as stakeholders, they would be the one to undertake the project by planting cassava and the investor will directly buy the product from the farmers.

He further said that three months ago, the two investors--Isabela Corporation and Biograde Corporation visited the province and expressed their desire to put up business in Misamis Occidental through cassava production.

Because of this, Governor Loreto Leo S. Ocampos directed Satorre to coordinate with all the local government units in the province and to negotiate for the area to be utilized for cassava production.

Because of the positive impact of the project, Tangub City is one of the local government units in the province that supported this as it would help uplift the economic status of Tangubanons.

Aside from Tangub City, the municipalities of Bonifacio, Clarin, Tudela, Sinacaban up to Sapang Dalaga and the cities of Oroquieta and Ozamiz are also sparing hectares of land for the project.

Based on the initial agreement, a total of P90 million will be invested for the entire project in Misamis Occidental, of which 90 to 95 percent of the cost will directly benefit the farmers.

Likewise a P225-million worth of processing plant will be built to process the produced cassava from the province.

According to Satorre, anytime this month, the investor will come back to finalize the contract, signaling the start of the project-the primary reason his office is currently fast-tracking the coordination with the different LGUs in Misamis Occidental.

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Business Opportunities Cassava also can be Franchised (TelaKrez)

What are you listening in the minds of cassava? Something cassava boiled, fried cassava, cassava chip and cassava fuel.
What if cassava coated chocolate or strawberry? I think the corn fuel?
Cassava various taste is not just a mere illusion. Firmansyah Budi any change snack people is a commodity business that arouse, only his mother capitalization kitchen equipment.
December 2005, he started a business cassava (in the language called Java Have from yam) is the trademark Tela Krez. January 2006, he decided to develop the business concept with the franchise.
Not vain, Have Krez now has 120 outlets in 22 U.S. cities, Ranging from Yogyakarta, Jakarta, Malang, Surabaya, Ciledug to Samarinda and Makasar, Most people want to participate peddle Tela Krez because of cheap capital. Only with 4,5 million IDR, you can start this business.
With the capital that, you get a outlets with equipment and raw materials early. You are also free franchise fee for 3 years. Not only cheap, the return of investment it quickly, only about one month.
You can choose a permanent outlet that can be placed in shopping centers or outlets which refection be around. There are dozens of taste that can be sold cassava. Sales normally reach 20-200 pack each day, depending on the location of outlets.
"Because of cheap, elementary school children can also buy, because the soft parents also like," said Firmansyah on detikFinance in during the exhibition franchises last week. If their sales reached 20 packs a day, then turnover is around 1.8 million IDR per day.
If you want more stability again, you can instill Rp 5-6 million at the same time. Same as before, you get the outlets, equipment, and raw materials early. But you can franchise fee, free for 5 years plus a guarantee of capital return in one year.
In addition to the capital because of the cheap, and the return of the investment quickly, the business risk is relatively small because the food business can never be quiet.
Tela Krez also been awarded Indonesia Entrepreneur Small Medium Business Award 2007 category of traditional food with high economic value.

Interested? Please contact Firmansyah no phone: 0274-7000211

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Cassava Boost

BY the end of the year, sections of Barbados agricultural landscape will begin to undergo a significant transformation.

In light of the rising cost of oil and subsequent hikes in the price of animal feed, a concerted effort is on the way to find a home grown solution in the form of cassava, to be used as a substitute for corn, which is also fluctuating in price.

Word of this came from Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Agricultural Society, James Paul, who told the media yesterday that a whopping 3 000 acres of land would be needed to accomplish this long-term goal. However, he noted that by the end of the year, some projects will be off the ground. In the initial instance we are looking to target 20 per cent of the current amount of corn that we bring into the country, into cassava.

We have to have some ingredient that we control here, that we can use. So that we can control at least one aspect of the process. It goes back down to the whole question of food security, he said.

This topic will be high on the agenda of a symposium called The Development of Cassava as a Food and Export Crop and other uses to be held at the Sherbourne Conference Centre today, where the pros and cons of this large-scale endeavour will be thrashed out by experts and other stakeholders.

Paul revealed that there has been an increase in demand in root crops in Barbados and anticipates that the trend will continue. He noted that a promotion programme will be needed to sensitise persons about the benefits of cassava production.

The BAS head cautioned that this is not a straight-forward process since the production of cassava for the purpose of animal feed will not bring in top dollar for farmers.

We have to bring it to a price that makes it worthwhile for them and yet makes it worthwhile in order for them to go into the production of animal feed. That is the challenge and that is what we have to work out. If the price of corn keeps on increasing as it is right now, we still have a problem. He further explained that a mechanisation process for the planting and harvesting of cassava will be needed in order to keep prices down.

Cassava crops are harvested after eight months. At present approximately 1 000 acres are being used to produce cassava in Barbados.

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Cassava Challenge winners

Several participated in the The Gleaner's Cassava Challenge contest and on Monday the five brought entries to our North Street command center for the . Lorna Gooden, director, social advantage/home economics unit of the Rural Agricultural Development Agency (RADA), Evrol 'Blackie' Christian proprietor of Little Ochi Seafood Restaurant and Barbara Ellington of The Gleaner were the judges.

Rosetta Falconer's ingress was delightful dessert; Ona Gordon entered cassava liveliness; Sharon Edwards a lovable chicken casserole; Shalorna Williams submitted her fragrant cassava unpleasant corn lolly and Pauline Thomas cassava fritters.

Mrs Gooden told the grouping that there is a disagreement between sweet and considerate . The virulent kind is used for making because it has more thickener and a more sticky smoothness. Many people have hesitation, but the easy on the ear category is used to make a number of one-pot meals. When bammy, have to be assiduous not to set a limit other ingredients to overdraw it.

Comments on entries

The melodious cassava cheap cornbread had too much and fell down in its presentation. First-status champ, the pudding was very good in discrimination, presentation and quality, very humid and showed inspiration in the accompaniments also made from cassava.

The were far too oily and too much wheat cover was used with the cassava dredge. It could have done superior with a compulsory agent such as eggs. The spot winner, deep dish is an first-rate one-pot meal, easy to arrange and tasty but its presentation was poor. Placing second , the blow is a very unimaginative idea which the contestant makes at home on Sundays but the proportions have to be consistent and care must be booked to disconnect ginger sediments before helping.

The three winners will accept 100 bounty trees from the Ministry of Agriculture, gift packages from RADA, as well as packages from The Gleaner, Wray and Nephew Limited, Blackwell Gold Rum, Ocean Spray and more.

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Cassava prices may be near to peak

Rising supply and a fall in rye prices put heaviness on prices over coming months.

Domestic production of cassava root is anticipated to top 30 million tonnes this year compared with 24-25 million last year, according to Chen Wongboonsin, the president of the Thai Tapioca Association.

However, Mr Chen a main price reduction is not imminent.

"Prices of may ease by the end of the year when production , but I don't believe a sharp drop in prices as ultimatum from the ethanol industry must help funds prices," he said.

Prices of cassava roots have been increasing in the past two years and are now around 1.8-2.0 baht per kg, compared with 2.50-2.70 baht in the first half of the year and 1.8 baht last year.

The Commerce Ministry is surprising to meet with the association next week to decide whether an intervention plot is to help oceanfront up prices.

Thailand's exports of tapioca are also likely drop tight this year. From January to May, the republic 1.8 billion tonnes of tapioca, down from 2.7 zillion in the same period last year, according to Agriculture Ministry data.

High prices have prompted China, the main bazaar for the commodity, to turn to substitute products _ which has cut exports to China this year by 75% year-on-year to only 500,000 tonnes.

The Chinese government, which also carry across controls on commodities to make sure a sure food supply in the run-up to the Olympics, has been encouraging ethanol and rations to use native corn instead of imported tapioca.

However, Thai exports of tapioca are currently fetching of the order of $190 per tonne, up cuttingly from $110 last year. Prices have been strapped higher by strong call in Europe, where buyers have been attracted to tapioca after drought hit other commodities last year.

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ASARECA Begins Regional Cassava Mega-Project

New Initiative Builds on C3P Success

Kampala, Uganda | Tuesday, April 01, 2008

The Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in East and Central Africa (ASARECA) launched the regional cassava research and development program in the sub-region through a joint work-planning session held in Kampala last week. The planning session was attended by the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), joint implementers of the $22.3 million Great Lakes Cassava Initiative funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. National scientists from cassava research programs in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania attended as key implementing partners.

The new initiative builds directly on USAID/East Africa’s Crop Crisis Control Project (C3P), funded with support from the Famine Prevention Fund. The three major partners in this cassava "mega-project" (CRS, IITA and ASARECA) will implement activities in collaboration with scientists from national agricultural research institutions and universities in the region. The objective is to work with farmer groups and reach about one million farm households in the sub-region over the next four years. USAID/East Africa supports this effort through its grant to ASARECA.

Over the past few decades, the potential production of the cassava crop has been greatly reduced by the cassava mosaic virus disease as well as the emerging cassava brown streak virus disease. The viruses move quickly through cassava fields, rendering up to 100% of the crop inedible. The main thrust of the ASARECA project is to contain the spread of these two key diseases through research and development initiatives that will develop disease resistant cassava varieties and make them available to farmers.

Activities will focus on the selection of resistant varieties, their multiplication and distribution, and on developing a favorable policy framework that will support and facilitate efforts to commercialize cassava in the region. With an estimated total production of 30 million tons, supporting about 200 million people from the sub-region in some way, cassava is the second most important staple crop in the region after maize. Controlling the spread of the two cassava diseases will help to improve food security and protect livelihoods within the region.

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Cassava and Sugarcane

VietNamNet Bridge – Two petrol stations on Thai Thinh and Hoang Quoc Viet streets, Hanoi, have been selected to experimentally sell petrol containing alcohol distilled from cassava and sugarcane as of September 10.

This kind of gas, Ethanol E5, will be sold widely in Hai Phong, Can Tho and HCM City after that. The price of Ethanol E5 is VND16,500/l, VND500/l less than normal gas.

Dr. Le Kim Dien, from the Industrial Chemistry Institute, said Ethanol E5 gas is ethanol alcohol distilled from sugarcane juice, molasses or cereals containing starches, like cassava, mixed with petrol at the ratio of from 1:20 to 1:10.

(Source: SGTT)

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