Garri is a food for all in Nigeria and other African countries. It is made from cassava. There are different kinds of garri in Nigeria, ranging from the well fried, which many Nigerians love to drink and the one used to make Eba which may not necessarily need to be very dry. We also have the yellow one popularly called (EBA IBO) by the Yoruba tribe in Nigeria and of course the popular of them all which is the white one.
Garri process takes different dimension in different Africa countries. You will be astonished if you are told that some parts of Africa countries don’t even fry the garri. A country like Ivory Coast dries it in the sun. Just imagine that? Don’t be flabbergasted when you are told that it’s only in Nigeria and the Benin Republic you will see Garri well processed and fried before sold out and that gives us the upper hand when it comes to Exportation. Now, what comes to your mind? THINK
Again, Garri production is a very lucrative venture if you do it in commercial quantity because it has a very large market. It is sold across the length and breadth of Nigeria; it is perhaps the only food that no one hates in Nigeria and many African countries. Although preparation and mode of consumption varies from one African country to others, the content and mode of production remain the same.
Garri bought in Nigeria at #5000 and be sold in Ivory Coast and other parts of Africa Countries from #15000 upward.
Now, the question that comes to your mind is, how do I set up a Garri Factory?
If you want to set up a garri production company, the following guidelines would help you:
- Capital big/small
- Source For Cassava
The machinery needed in cassava processing factory include:
- Hydraulic Presser
- Capital big/small:
Money small/big is needed to make anything happen. You need between $500 – $2000 to start a mini Garri factory and $5000 upward to start Garri Factory Company.
- Source for Cassava:
You can either set up your own farm or buy cassava tubers from farmers or do both. Having your own farm is also very profitable because you don’t have to pay for tubers; you make 100% of the profit. On the other hand, you can save yourself the stress of farming and continue to buy tubers from farmers while you focus on production only. Either way, it is very profitable.
You’ve got no choice but to have the land. A plot of land upward is okay for a moderate processing company. Of course, it shouldn’t be waterlogged or the type that is not properly drained always closer to the canal. The reason is very simple; so that you won’t have yourself an unhealthy environment breeding flies and diseases due to the always wet environment. This applies mainly to those who had no intention of screeding the surrounding ground. But if you are ready to spend the money and screed the whole floor, then you’re good to go.
The grinder is responsible for grinding the cassava tubers into smooth watery ones before taking it to another machine to dry. The grinder is powered by any machine. It can be a Diesel engine or a petrol one. It operates similarly like a grinding machine but a bigger version of that. The grinder is mostly constructed locally by welders and it is quite affordable looking at its usefulness.
- Hydraulic Presser:
After grinding the garri, you put them in a sack bit by bit before transferring the sacks into the pressing machine that will squeeze away the water from the grinded tubers to make it dry before frying.
This is in two types – Manual and Machine enabled – The same machine used to grind the tuber can be used to filter it. The problem with that is that it is mostly not very good for consumption because it becomes too smooth. That is why most factories still prefer to use the manual one which is like a hand constructed basket on a flat surface.
Fryer is made of Iron. It is like a wide pot which is put on fire and someone is in charge of frying the garri manually before it dries. Although there are frying machines these days, just like the auto filter, garri producers avoid the usage because the garri produced with them don’t give good taste.
Where can I get these machinery?
Any welder can get it for you, don’t waste your time, you can start Garri factory with as low as $500.
Think and start something.