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cassava

(kă-sah′vă) [Sp. cazabe]
A group of perennial herbs of the genus Manihot. The plant is one of the most efficient converters of solar energy to carbohydrate. The root of M. esculenta provides an excellent source of starch and can thrive in poor, dry, acid soils. To be suitable for eating, the root is processed by one of several methods to remove or control the amount of cyanide present. Tapioca is made from cassava.
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Indonesia exports maniok to a number of countries, of which South Korea has been the largest importer.
The drop in the volume of such exports resulted from a prolonged dry season, which drove down the domestic production of cassava, the basic material for maniok. As an illustration, the domestic production of cassava shrank from 15.7 million tons in 1994 to 14.7 million tons in 1998.