• Monday, July 22, 2024
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PRODA fabricates industrial cassava processing machine


Project Development Institute (PRODA) located in Emene Enugu state has fabricated cassava processing equipments useful for commercial purposes.

Explaining to BusinessDay at the Enugu International trade fair, Frank Ezeibe, a principal engineer with PRODA said the machine was constructed in such a way that it would peel all cassava and wash them not minding the curve of the cassava.

The next fabricated machine in the process of garri making is the grader called double action grader which he said had double the capacity and good for industrial production as it can discharge from both sides.

They also have the de-watering machine where the water is removed from the bags of garri through the use of Hydraulic Jack, which is then transferred to a fabricated industrial sieve that separates the garri from the chaff and once the real garri comes out it is transferred to the industry fryer known as communal fry.

According to the Principal Engineer, the loading of garri to the fryer depends on the capacity of the people frying, saying that the machine can accommodate more than four persons at a time.

He said that the fryer could either be powered with coal or charcoal when there is no electricity.

As regards to producing cassava flour there is another machine fabricated to process the peeled cassava to flour.

The Engineer said that each of the equipments cost between N200, 000 to N2 million to produce depending on the materials used for the fabrication.

Regis Anukwuoji