At 33% capacity utilisation, the flour milling industry requires about 200,000mt of cassava flour per annum. This will require 200 plants of about 1000t capacity per year. This is a business opportunity for investors and agro processors. A 1000t per annum output plant is considered a small-scale plant. There are also higher capacity plants especially flash dryers that can be imported from Brazil and other countries. Nothing stops investors with means to put up large-scale plants (of 2000 to 10,000t/day). But there are obvious supply chain problems for very large-scale HQCF plants. For equity reasons small-scale plants of 1000t per annum may be more appropriate. There is local capacity for the development of small-scale plants in Nigeria using locally fabricated machinery. Machinery can also be imported. High quality cassava flour can also be produced at the micro level (i.e. 100t/year output). Following is an investment profile for both levels of investment with options for imported equipment in the case of a small-scale plant.
Investment profile for small scale odorless cassava fufu flour plant
Investment profile for small scale high quality cassava flour plant
* Cost for imported flash dryer includes shipping cost.
Investment profile for micro processing high quality cassava flour plant
*If the investor does not borrow money and builds a deep
well instead of a borehole, the enterprise will be profitable
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