The Federal Government have been called upon to explore the economic potentials that abound in the use of starch from cassava for the production of polythene bag popularly referred to as (cassava bags) to boost the plummeting nation’s revenue.
Edo based researcher and public affairs analyst, Comrade Donald Inwalomhe, while urging President Muhammadu Buhari to tap into the mass production of cassava in the Country noted that Madagascar has
made significant strides in transforming her economy by co-ordinating a wide range of cassava bags production.
He said what the nation require is to development other sector of the
economy than the over-dependence on earning from oil which he submitted was responsible for the present economic challenges bedevilling the nation.
He argued that “Plastic bags is less than 0.05 millimeters thick have been banned in Madagascar since October last year and a Malagasy company has been importing cassava starch to produce biodegradable alternative bags.
“At first sight, the bags look like ordinary plastic bags, but they are made of cassava and do not contain polyethylene.
“According to the manufacturers, the bags need 3 to 6 months only to decompose, compared with the hundred years for the plastic version. A pack of 50 of the bags costs approximately 7 euros. The normal plastic bags are almost 5 times cheaper. Madagascar’s government partially
forbids the sale of plastics bags because of their harm to the environment.
“For the moment, Gasy Plast is based in Madagascar, in the local market. But soon we are going to start exporting to the Mauritius Island, to South Africa and many countries in Africa which do not use
the plastic bags any more. There is also a market in Asia that has also began the ban on plastic bags”.
“In producing the bags, the company imports starch, which is not produced in Madagascar. Last year, the country asserts having made 40 tons of the bags and hopes to multiply production to 360 tons in 2016 and see her invention crossing the oceans. Nigeria should learn from Madagascar. Enf