Cassava processing plant launched

Cassava processing plant launched


The establishment of a cassava processing plant in the remote northwestern province of Oddar Meanchey is set to boost both yield and market presence of the commodity, in line with the government’s recognition of the root as a primary agro-industrial crop.

Following a preliminary launch in December, the $10 million facility, owned by TWPC Investment (Cambodia) Co Ltd and located in the province’s Anlong Veng district near the Thai border, was formally inaugurated on February 7.

Cassava holds an important position among the country’s leading industrial crops. In early 2021, the government officially launched its 2020-25 National Cassava Policy, aiming to enhance production and promote its commercial export to global markets.

600 tonne/day capacity

Phleang Put, from the sourcing and farm department of TWPC Investment, told The Post on February 11 that the facility represents just the beginning, as the company intends to further expand its production line in the future.

“According to the plan, our production chain will be fully operational from February 21 onwards. The factory is capable of processing 600 tonnes of fresh cassava daily, which equates to approximately 150 tonnes of tapioca starch. The operation of the factory will be continuous throughout the year, ensuring there are no concerns regarding the quality and quantity of fresh cassava products entering the factory,” he said.

TWPC Investment is a branch of Thai Wah Public Company (TWPC), a Thai-based conglomerate that operates cassava processing plants in Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia. According to Put, the company is also exploring investment opportunities in Laos.

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Author: Hin Pisei

Publication Date: 11 February 2024

Source: The Phnom Penh Post