China to import 2.5 million tons of cassava for ethanol production

December 14, 2017 |

In Tanzania, China has signed an offtake agreement for 2.5 million metric tons of cassava that will later be imported for ethanol production. Although much of the focus on the 2020 10% ethanol-blending mandate has been on corn-based ethanol, cassava-based ethanol production has been growing in China and the wider Asian region. Already the country is producing ethanol from dry cassava, so the new mandate could help to boost demand for domestic cassava as well as imports.

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