South Korean Firm to Invest PHP 750 Million in a Tapioca Starch Plant in Mindanao

July 2022

Daesang Philippines Corp., the local unit of South Korea’s Daesang Corp., has received approval from the Board of Investments (BOI) to produce tapioca starch in the country via a PHP 750-million (USD 13.3 million) project that is also expected to hire nearly 500 Filipino workers. The company will use the same modern technology used in its starch plants in South Korea.

The project will be located in Misamis Oriental in Northern Mindanao, the second-largest cassava-producing region in the country having accounted for 27.05% of the total production in 2020, according to the BOI.

The project, which will be receiving tax breaks, is expected to start commercial operations in January 2023. It will have a production capacity of 33,000 tons of tapioca starch and 4,446 tons of tapioca residue annually. The project will increase the country’s cassava starch production by 9% from 370,000 metric tons to 403,000 metric tons annually, the BOI said.

Tapioca is a starch extracted from the cassava root, while tapioca residue is a by-product from the processing of cassava starch. Besides being used by food and beverage industries, these products also have various industrial applications. The BOI said tapioca residue has also been used in a variety of animal feeds for poultry, pig and cattle farms.

(Source: The Philippine Daily Inquirer)

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