In Thailand cassava (Manihot esculenta Crantz) is considered as one of the most important economic crops. It is the third crop after sugarcane and rice with an annual root production of approximately 20-25 million tons, accounting for around 10% of the world production (230 million tons in 2010).
Cassava is mostly grown in North eastern and Eastern part (53% of total planted area), followed by the Central and Northern part. The main area of cassava plantation is in Nakhon Ratchasima province, which accounts for 23% of total planted area. Despite being ranked as the third root producer after Nigeria and Indonesia, Thailand is recognised as the world's largest exporter of cassava-based products. Important ones are dried chip and extracted starch.
Our partners in Thailand are the Biotec department of the National Science and Technology Development Agency in Bangkok.