In Cambodia, the first-ever shipment of cassava chips to China for ethanol feedstock has set sail. The deal is the first of many expected shipments under a new agreement with Tianguan Global Cassava Processing Co. Ltd., owned by one of China’s four approved ethanol producers, that would see 150,000 metric tons of cassava chips exported […]
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In Vietnam, ethanol producers are on the verge of bankruptcy due to lack of market for the fuel. Only about 20% of national production goes towards fulfilling the E5 mandate while the rest must be exported at a loss. Low cassava yields, only a third of what is produced in neighboring countries, has led to […]
In Nigeria, Allied Atlantic Distillers Limited have commissioned the first cassava-based biofuel plant in Africa. The feedstock has been proved as commercially viable and cost-competitive, but has not yet been implemented in Africa, despite the region’s dominance in cassava production. While capacity for the plant remains to be determined, the project is currently working with […]
In Thailand, the amount of ethanol produced from cassava is expected to double to 3 million tonnes in 2014. The Ministry of Commerce will allocate over USD$300m to manage an income plan for next season. “If the new government chooses not to implement the income guarantee plan next year, ethanol producers could still purchase fresh […]
In Thailand, cassava-based ethanol is set to boom next year with production doubling to 3 million metric tons, in part thanks to a $307 million boost from the government to support cassava growers. If that policy doesn’t go into place, then cassava prices will fall, also weighing on cassava ethanol prices that are currently slightly […]
In Nigeria, China New Energy has signed an MOU with Sunbird energy to immediately begin designing a 100,000 ton per year cassava-based ethanol plant, with plans to develop others together in the future. The $24 million plant will produce 110 million liters of ethanol annually. As many as nine other plants could be developed during […]
In Thailand, both the energy and commerce industries are promoting cassava-based ethanol production as a means to keep the price floor from falling out under the crop. Part of the energy minister’s role is to manage cassava prices, while the prime minister asked him to develop a bioplastics policy that would include the development of […]
In Rome, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has published a field guide detailing its environmentally-friendly farming model called Save and Grow. The program can sustainably increase cassava yields by up to 400 percent for smallholder farmers. It achieves higher yields through improved soil health, mixed cropping and crop rotation, and has been […]
In Italy, cassava experts are reporting a triple threat against cassava, including Cassava Brown Streak Disease virus, Cassava Mosaic Disease and a possible whitefly “superbug”. CBSD alone could cause a could cause a 50% drop in cassava production. This is worrisome because agriculture experts have been looking to the otherwise resilient cassava plant—which is also […]
In Thailand, the National Innovation Agency has teamed with the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization of Japan to launch a pilot project that will use cassava pulp as a feedstock for ethanol, thanks to a $9 million R&D grant, and will focus on hydrolysis of starch and cellulose for industrial production of ethanol.