New network, by gum
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CTA. 2001. New network, by gum. Spore 91. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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World consumption of arabic gum (see also the article on restorative trees) has risen fast in the last decade. Between 1991 and 1998 it rose by more than 25%, reaching 44,000 tonnes. Arabic gum is used in the food processing and pharmaceuticals...
World consumption of arabic gum (see also the article on restorative trees) has risen fast in the last decade. Between 1991 and 1998 it rose by more than 25%, reaching 44,000 tonnes. Arabic gum is used in the food processing and pharmaceuticals industries and, using the code E414, as a replacement for animal gelatine (see Spore 85). Prices have also risen slightly and, depending on quality, vary between USD 700 and USD 1250 a tonne (Euro 803 to Euro 1433). It is to be hoped, though, that prices do not rise much further for fear of the processors switching to starch substitutes. In any case, most of the profits in any price rise will not accrue to producing countries since most processing takes place in Europe where the value-added factor is between 100% and 180%. At present only the initial steps of processing crushing and grinding are performed in Africa, leading to an added value factor of 10%. Slowly, however, the arabic gum sector is strengthening itself, as witnessed by the creation in May 2000 of the Network on Gum and Resins in Africa (NGARA). There are founder members from seven countries in eastern and West Africa in the network, which will serve for the exchange of expertise on production and marketing. A technical guide is in preparation for publication during 2001, with financial support from the FAO and the Aidgum Association. B Chikamai NGARA Kenya Forestry Research Institute PO Box 20412 Nairobi Kenya Fax: +254 154 32844 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org