The Thai Tapioca Trade Association is pressing for the government's
assistance in increasing the yields of tapioca plantation per hectare, or feed
mill operators could suffer from higher prices.
President Chen Wongboonsin said that in 2008, the output could be 22.6
million tonnes, which is not sufficient to meet the growing demand. He noted
that the demand would also push up the tapioca price. He urged the government to
help raise the yield from 22 tonnes per ha at present with 5% to 23.1 tonnes per
"While this would reduce the plantation cost, it would also generate
more export income for farmers and the government," he said. Chen said that
tapioca price tends to rise due to the high oil prices, which spark higher
demand for ethanol.
If the yield stays at the current level, this could
affect the cost of animal feeds which use cassava roots as a main raw material.
Thai Tapioca Trade Association
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