New bread law boosts cassava sales
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CTA. 2005. New bread law boosts cassava sales. Spore 117. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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The Federal Government of Nigeria has introduced a law making it compulsory for bakers to use composite flour of 10% cassava and 90% wheat for bread production. The new regulations, which came into force in January 2005, stipulate that the large flour mil
The Federal Government of Nigeria has introduced a law making it compulsory for bakers to use composite flour of 10% cassava and 90% wheat for bread production. The new regulations, which came into force in January 2005, stipulate that the large flour mills that supply flour to bakeries and confectioners must pre-mix cassava flour with wheat flour. To help those involved in the industry adapt to the new law, the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is working with the Office of Special Assistance on Food Security in the Presidency to draw up a series of programmes including training and sensitisation workshops and quality control seminars for food processors, caterers, bakers, confectioners, and flour millers. Nigeria spends US$400 million a year to import wheat to meet local demand for flour from the baking industry. By replacing 10% of wheat flour with cassava, the government will save an estimated US$40 million per year, which, it says, will be injected into the Nigerian cassava industry. With an annual output of some 34 million metric t, Nigeria is the world s leading cassava producer. At present, all of the crop is consumed locally, and none exported. In an effort to earn more foreign exchange and improve incomes for cassava farmers, the Nigerian government is planning to use cassava in a range of industrial products, such as ethanol, glue, glucose syrup, industrial starch, and livestock feeds.