ICAR Introduces Revolutionary Wax Coating Technology to Extend Tapioca Shelf Life

The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has unveiled a groundbreaking wax coating technology aimed at revolutionizing the preservation of tapioca, extending its shelf life to an impressive two months. This innovative development addresses the disparity in preservation methods between tapioca and other produce like Australian apples, which can maintain freshness for extended periods.

The pioneering wax coating process, developed by ICAR’s Central Tuber Crops Research Institute in Thiruvananthapuram, involves a meticulous series of steps. First, peeled tapioca undergoes thorough washing in chlorine water to ensure cleanliness and sanitation. Subsequently, the tapioca is carefully dried before being immersed in melted paraffin wax or alternative coatings. The uniform application of the wax coating creates an impermeable barrier against oxygen, carbon dioxide, and water vapor, effectively shielding the tapioca from environmental factors that accelerate decay.

Leading scientists involved in the project highlight the effectiveness of this innovative technology in preserving raw tapioca for up to two months. By providing a protective barrier, the wax coating extends the shelf life of tapioca and enhances its marketability, benefiting both producers and consumers.

For further information on this groundbreaking development, interested parties are encouraged to contact the Principal Scientist at ICAR – Central Tuber Crops Research Institute in Sreekariyam, Thiruvananthapuram. They can be reached via phone at 944158546. This advancement marks a significant milestone in tapioca preservation, paving the way for improved storage and distribution practices in the industry.

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