BIOTEC/NSTDA and GTZ Joint Project on Capacity Building on Energy and Resource-Efficiency for Thai Native Starch Industry

A signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between BIOTEC/NSTDA and GTZ was held on 28 April 2009 at the Ministry of Science and Technology to jointly implement a project on “Capacity Building on Energy and Resource-Efficiency for Thai Native Starch Industry”. 


Mr. David Oberhuber, GTZ Thailand Country Director (left) and Dr. Sakarindr Bhumiratana, NSTDA President (right) at the MOU Signing Ceremony.

Thailand is considered a major producer and exporter of cassava and starch. Although the native starch production business became very competitive in the recent past, most of the native starch factories need to make an improvement on effective production processes, pollution control mechanisms, waste recycling/re-use, and energy efficiency options. This Project aims to improve the competitiveness of Thai native tapioca starch industry through practical training program targeting at plants’ owners, managers, and unit operators.  To enhance the learning process, two guidelines for eco-efficiency improvement will be developed, namely (i) best practice guide for eco-efficiency improvement in native starch industry, and (ii) management information system (MIS) guideline for eco-efficiency for native starch industry.  

This Project will be implemented over a period of two years with a budget of THB10.7 million, to be contributed by NSTDA and GTZ.  Leading this Project will be Dr. Warinthorn Songkasiri, BIOTEC researcher at EcoWaste. 

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Posted on 01 May 2009.