Cassava production has suffered tremendous setback in the country due to lack of constructive innovation. The traditional process is riddled with stress and drudgery and that has hampered the growth of garri production.
The modern Garri Processing Plant is a new innovation that simplifies the production process by mechanizing the cause of stress and drudgery in the system. It improves the availability and quality of garri by drastically reducing the moisture content, hydrogneic content, the sand content, shelf life and the causes of microbial and bacterial infestations. The Garri frying pot which is insulated with fibre glass, cuts off the incessant heat that makes garri frying and production very stressful, tortuous and sedentary.
When the modern garri processing plant is located in an area cassava is preponderant, it creates wealth, alleviates poverty empowers the rural folks and creates jobs.
Garri is our major staple food and the demand grows by the day while the supply keeps diminishing because the old women who produce the garri are giving up because of the stress and drudgery and the young people are not interested. The modern garri processing plant will reverse the ugly trend.
Cassava is God’s gift to the tropics because it can grow in poor soil with inadequate rainfall. The starchy roots of cassava are major source of food for more than 500 million people all over the world.
Nigeria is the world largest producer of cassava. We produce over 41 million metric tones per annum and we are followed by Brazil, Thailand, Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo) and Indonesia. Thailand does the largest global business in cassava because it is not part of their food security. They export over $20 billion worth of cassava products annually. Nigeria tried to expand the local cassava business through the Cassava Empowerment Fund but to no avail. Cassava is produced all over the country but more abundantly in all the Southern and Middle Belt States of Nigeria and is widely consumed as garri and fufu.
Garri is produced from cassava tubers and is the commonest staple food in Nigeria consumed by over 130 million people. We consume about 7.7 million metric tons of garri per year and it comes to about 30.7 million tons of our cassava production. Our actual demand for garri is 12 million tons but we can not accomplish that because of the stress and drudgery involved in the traditional production.
Garri is produced in the rural areas (where cassava is grown) by the local women. The young people are not interested because of the stress and the drudgery involved in the traditional production, they will rather migrate to the overcrowded cities where poverty is rampant.
4. OUR PROPOSAL
We propose that the Tinsel group takes garri processing very seriously and give their garri a specific brand name (Tinsel Garri) and push it proactively to saturate the Onitsha market within six months.
We also propose that they expand their production after one year and adopt a formidable marketing strategy that will involve export to European and American markets. These can be done because the opportunities of tomorrow belong to those who prepare for them today.
5. MODERN GARRI PROCESSING PLANT
The Modern Garri Processing Plant will eliminate the stress and drudgery occasioned by the sedentary nature of traditional garri production. It will reverse the trend of migration to the city and make the youths interested in garri production. It will create local livelihood opportunities that will enable businesses and households to thrive in their local domains rather than be forced to migrate to overcrowded cities where unemployment and crime hold sway. It will create jobs and generate sustainable prosperity to reduce poverty in the rural areas. Modern garri processing using the local cassava will build a local human resource base in the impact areas; this will inevitably lead to empowerment which is the surest guarantee of sustainable growth.
Modern garri processing is a sustainable intervention in poverty alleviation because of the abundant availability of the cassava tubers and the huge size of the garri market. It will enable the rural folks to escape extreme poverty and ascend the ladder of economic growth. The garri project will strengthen farm-to-market linkages: Cassava from the farms are processed in the modern processing plants and marketed domestically, regionally and nationally. The market dynamics will create a regional economic engine that will enhance entrepreneurial growth.
6. THE EQUIPMENT, CAPACITY AND PRICE
The heart of this Modern Garri Processing innovation is the Roasting or Frying Pot which is made of stainless steel and insulated with fiber glass to absorb heat from the fire. It is powered by 2 HP gear motor that rotates the paddles that continuously turn the frying garri mash. The full lists of the equipment are:
- 2 (No) stainless Steel Hammer Mill with:
15 HP electric motor.
Capacity – 1 ton/hr.
- 2 (No) Fermentation Racks with:
- 2 (No) Dewatering Racks with:
Mechanical Press Jack
- I (No) Stainless Steel Granulator with:
7.5 HP electric motor
Capacity 1 ton/hr
- 2 (No) Stainless steel Garri Roasting pot with:
2 HP electric motor, fiberglass insulation, exhaust pipes
and stainless steel paddles. It can be heated with
gas, charcoal, firewood, palm kennel shelves etc.
Capacity 2 ton/ day
6.1 Production Capacity: The Hammer Mill or Cassava Grating Machine and the Granulating Machine have capacities of 1 ton per hour respectively. This means that within one day of 8 hours, they will process 8 tons of cassava mash.
The two frying machines will then roast or fry them into two tons of garri or 40 bags of 50 kg each per day. Four tons of cassava tubers produce one ton of garri.
The capacity of the plant is therefore 2 tons of garri or 40 bags of 50 kg each per day of 8 hours. Output will increase if production hours increase.
6.2 Qualities of the Garri: Two Qualities that have scored our garri low in the international market are: sand content and moisture content. The effects of the moisture content are more devastating because they cut short the shelf life by making the garri rancid and thereby susceptible to microbial contamination and infestations. The modern garri plant takes care of them.
The major qualities are:
- It will have a moisture content of 9 – 10 percent. This means that microbial contamination and infestations will not easily affect it.
- The shelf life will be over eighteen (18) months. Government authorities can easily procure it as part of our Food Reserve against disasters and emergencies.
- Sand content is less than 1 percent, making it an excellent product to compete with those from other places. Our garri has always been rejected in foreign markets because of high sand content.
- Cyanide content is less than 10 percent which is the acceptable SON and NAFDAC standards.
- There are different particle sizes to meet the tastes of different customers.
7. TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF PURCHASE
70 percent of the price will be paid at commissioning, 20 percent before delivery and installation and 10 percent after installation and test run.
Delivery Period:Delivery of machines shall be 8 weeks from the payment of the 70 percent and the clearing of the cheque.
Installation:Our technicians will install and test-run the plant. The client will provide the central gear switch of about 100 amps, motor starters and gear switches. We will prepare the bases for the Hammer Mill and the Granulator but the client will provide the materials. It will take a maximum of 1-2 weeks if the electrical connections, water, power etc are in place. The client will take care of the accommodation, transportation, feeding etc of the technicians.
The production space should be about 200 square meters and the Frying Pots should be located in a well ventilated location.
Test run:About 5 tons of cassava tubers shall be required for the test run and it will be provided by the client.
Training and Commissioning: Your operators: Technician (1), Welder (1), Electrician (1) and Operators (3) will be trained during the installation. They are therefore supposed to participate in the installation and commissioning
Warranties: 6 months for any production problem excluding changeable parts affected by aging, misuse and accidents.
Technical Support: Supply of spare parts at short notice, maintenance, quality control to ensure standard and consultancy services when needed.
Validity: This quotation is valid for 90 days from the date of submission after which the price may change.