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organizing teamThe Thai team of the Gratitude project participated recently in the World Tapioca Conference 2013 at Suranaree University in Nakhon Ratchasima Province, Thailand.

Tapioca (also known as cassava) is mainly grown in the North Eastern part of Thailand, the world's third largest producer of cassava. The Thai team of the Gratitude project, based at the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) BIOTEC department, Bangkok, is working on the project research area: 'Adding value to waste products of cassava'.

Themed 'World Class Competitiveness Taps into the Green Magic', the event was an international academic conference on cassava products, aimed at publicising Thailand's competitive integrity in quality and standard of internationally-accepted Thai tapioca products.

During the event, the Gratitude team organised and took part in an exhibition about tapioca with support from the Thai Tapioca Development Institute (TTDI) and other institutions. The exhibition displayed innovations and technologies related to the production and processing of Thai tapioca and other cassava products.

A poster of the Gratitude project was displayed during the event.

posterParticipants included government trade representatives from importing and exporting countries, private sector importers and traders of cassava, academics and experts in the field of production and trading, representatives from the farming sector and members of the press from Thailand and abroad.

Dr Kuakoon Piyachomkwan of NSTDA stated after the conference: 'Products from cassava that were displayed in the exhibition were one of the main audience attractions. Many questions were raised during this exhibition about the project and its implementation in actual scenarios. It was a great experience for both exhibitors and spectators.'

As one of the main speakers during the conference, Associate Professor Klanarong Sriroth of NSTDA gave a talk on 'the outlook of the Thai Tapioca industry'.


Photo 1: The organising team from left to right; Dr Kuakoon Piyachomkwan – Mr Bhakkhawat Laokha (assistant researcher BIOTEC) – Ms Nitcha Yonkoksung (PhD candidate) – Dr Sirithorn Lertphanich – Mr Sittichoke Wanlapatit (assistant researcher BIOTEC).

Photo 2: Gratitude project poster on display.