Not so many Nigerians are aware of the opportunities inherent in the production of starch which is made from juicing cassava. Starch is just one of the several by-products that can be extracted from cassava. Although it also serves as staple food for people who hail from the south-south region of Nigeria, it is noted for its use in laundry and treatment of fabrics. The use of starch, whether for domestic or commercial purposes has, however, created a significant market for several Nigerians who are into the business. Starch can also be used as animal feed in addition to being used for preserving and maintaining some types of fabrics, especially linen material and Ankara.
Even though laundry starch production has been on for several decades, only recently did it emerge in a new form of cold water starch. Hitherto, the varieties of laundry starch found in the marketplace include packaged spray starch and the dry powder starch prepared with hot water. The cold water starch is a new innovation that allows starch to be used for fabrics without requiring hot water.
All you need to do when you want to use cold water starch is to simply add the quantity you want to use to a proportionate quantity of water, then put the clothes or fabrics you wish to starch in there and you spread to dry.
Cold water starch production is a lucrative business and is expanding by the day. What you need to go into the business is minimal capital and the technical know –how. This amount is mainly for the purchasing of the raw materials needed for the production, which are mainly cassava or other carbohydrate-based tubers and grains.
HOW TO PRODUCE COLD WATER STARCH.
You buy cassava from the market.
Mix with warm water to allow it to dissolve properly.
Allow it to cool down.
Add PVA and stir properly.
Mix with ordinary water.
It’s ready for packaging.
PRODUCING STARCH FOR HOME USE.
§ You buy cassava from the market.
§ Mix with warm water to allow it to dissolve properly.
§ Allow it to cool down.
§ Add a little bit of fragrance, if you want.
§ Then, transfer to a bottle.
HOW TO USE THE STARCH.
For best results, shake before each use.
A little goes a long way, so use sparingly.
HOW TO PACKAGE YOUR COLD WATER STARCH.
Since, it is cold water starch, it is better you package it in large quantities (in kegs and small drums). You can use various sizes of kegs depending on the customers or organizations you want to sell to.
I have documentation on where you can get plastic containers at a cheaper price in large quantities because; it is always cheaper to buy your plastic container directly from a plastic producing factory for your starch packaging.