The tapioca plantation situation in the crop season 2010/11 is severely affected from the breakout of pink mealy bug, causing reduction of plantation yield from average 3.6 tons per Rai to about 3 tons per Rai.
In the past, the major application of starch was mainly in the food products such as noodle, pasta, bread and bakery goods. Starch seems to be a perfect ingredient for various types of food products. However, there are still many non-food applications of starch.
When the world has more industrial development, the scope of starch use for industrial purpose expands, causing limitation of use of the Native Starch in the industries due to the specific properties, limited types and species of plants.
Presently, it is widely accepted that Ethanol; pure alcohol manufactured from crops e.g. tapioca and sugarcane, is a good and long-lasting alternative energy to substitute fuel because it is cultivated.