Cassava can return to being a staple food for Malaysians

SHAH ALAM: Cassava can become a staple food for the people of this country in addition to rice because it contains many nutrients needed for the body.

According to the Dean of the Faculty of Applied Sciences of MARA University of Technology (UiTM), Professor Dr. Farida Zuraina Mohd. Yusof, the potential for cassava to become a staple food is supported by historical factors during the Japanese occupation which became part of the daily food of the people in this country.

“It has been proven that the benefits of cassava that are eaten can make people’s bodies healthy during the Japanese occupation.

“Today, we import some rice to meet the staple food needs of our country’s people. While cassava can be used as an alternative staple food because it can be grown widely without much hassle in terms of management and fertilizer,” he said.

He said this in conjunction with the New Tuber-Based Food Product Innovation program involving 5th and 6th semester students of Bachelor of Food Science and Technology (AS246) UiTM Shah Alam and UiTM Kuala Pilah for the subject of Food Product Development (FST 668), recently.

Farida Zuraina added that in order to ensure that there is sufficient supply of cassava to be used as daily food for the Malaysian community, abandoned lands should be developed as centers for commercial cassava cultivation.

Commenting on the competition, Farida said, at the competition, the results of the students’ studies and research proved that tuber-based products can be made into delicious foods such as canned lentil, yogurt and western foods such as churros.

“What is certain is that every tuber-based product that is developed can be commercialized with the help of the industry in this country.

We hope that these products can be widely marketed by industry players and not just become the theme of the competition to simply complete the course,” he said. – UTESAN

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