Breadfruit Fuels Hope of Relief
Written by Pio Sioa
Monday, 11 February 2008
The priority shuffle carries a Cabinet stamp of urgency, as high prices of world oil continues to bleed whatever gains made in the national economy.
The institute is already pouring over the best options to take, with an overseas fermentation technologist expected to arrive soon to help out.
With breadfruit, the immediate focus of study is to determine between yeast and bacteria, the best agent to break down the starch quicker.
The long-term goal is a processing plant that can produce between 3-5 million litres of methanol a year. “We are only now starting to set things up like equipment and to identify areas where the priority so be, so we should know by next year how far we have progressed,” Dr. Fa’ale noted. The choice of breadfruit as the best source for methanol was an easy one for the RDIS to make.
“Practically every family in
Another advantage to support the choice of crop is the fruit can be processed at any stage of growth whether it is still green or overly ripe they drop to the ground. “We will longer have people complaining about where to take the excess harvest because even the ones on the ground can be scooped up for processing.” A rough estimate of up to 1,500 acres of land will need to be planted to cater for the demand once production starts.
“We could easily make up the balance with a replanting programme.”