Farmers in the district are told to use the high-yielding tapioca that is available with the Tapioca and Castor Research Station in Yethapur.
A press release from the research station said that tapioca or cassava can withstand any adverse conditions and can be successfully cultivated in marginal soils. Tamil Nadu account for about 80 per cent of the total acreage of the crop in India and is cultivated in an area of 1.96 lakh hectares with the production of 38.81 lakh tonnes.
Cassava is mainly cultivated in Salem, Namakkal, Erode, Cuddalore, Villupuram, Dharmapuri, and Kanyakumari districts of Tamil Nadu.
There are about more than 300 sago factories are involved in the extraction of starch from the tubers.
The value added products starch, sago, vermicelli, and chips are being prepared from tapioca. Tapioca YTP-1 released by the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Tapioca and Castor Research Station, Yethapur has a yield potential of 49.50 tonnes a hectare with a starch content of 25 per cent to 27 per cent.For details contact the Professor and Head, Tapioca and Castor Research Station, Yethapur, Salem district-636 119; phone: 04282-293526 or e-mail:email@example.com.