Monday, 4 June 2012

Nigeria woos Malawi with cassava bread

Nigeria's Agriculture Minister has followed up on the president's offer to help Malawi make bread out of cassava. Making bread using a cassava-flour composite is somewhat controversial in Nigeria, where debate has raged over a rumour that the government is attempting to pass a bill requiring the mandatory inclusion of 40 per cent cassava flour in bread. Malawian President, Joyce Banda, however, is reported to have quickly identified that importing cassava flour might be significantly cheaper than importing wheat flour, thereby reducing foreign exchange requirements for the often cash-strapped Southern African country.  Nigeria would, of course, be likely to benefit hugely if Malawi picked them as the supplier of cassava flour.

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