Though garri is about the most popular food made from cassava, Adewumi went on to state that “over 20 local food types are derived from Cassava. These include lafun, fufu, tapioka, eba, starch, pupuru, garri and others”.
And while speaking on the uniqueness of garri, he disclosed that “it can be preserved and will remain fresh for over four years”.
He did not round off without enumerating some major industrial products that could be derived from cassava; among which are ethanol, industrial starch, cassava flour, glucose syrup and sweetner.
Incidentally, these products are also raw materials to numerous industrial items with limitless domestic and export market potentials; an indication that cassava can trigger massive industrial revolution in Nigeria to the extent that every village will have viable cassava industries.
Findings have revealed that ethanol, which can easily be derived from cassava is used as industrial solvent: which is one of the main ingredients used in paints, printing inks, wood finishers and pharmaceutics among other products. It is also used in alcoholic beverages like whisky, brandy, dry gin and wine.
Stating that cassava has the answer to the economic problems of Nigeria, Adewumi posited that “from the over 84 million hectares arable land available in Nigeria, if 5 million is devoted to the production of industrial cassava and if we are able to reap 40metric tonnes (MT) of cassava from an hectare of farmland, it implies that we shall have 200million metric tonnes per year”.
He went on to state that “the 200 million MT of raw cassava can be milled into 50 million MT of industrial starch and at present, industrial starch sells for over N200,000 per ton which means we can generate N10 trillion yearly from cassava.