Gum Arabic is a complex mixture of polysaccharides and glycoprotein that is used primarily in the food industry as a stabilizer. It is edible and is a key ingredient in traditional lithography, used in:
- Paint production.
- Food (sweets, chocolates,….etc.)
- Soft drinks (Coca-Cola, Pepsi)
- Medical industry (Capsules shells)
- Cosmetics and various industrial applications, such as viscosity control in inks and textile industries, and more a lot where this is not the place to give the details of uses.
And a lot more.
Sudan is still the biggest producer of gum Arabic in the world, obviously more than 70% (Wikipedia) of the grade 1 gum Arabic (Acacia Senegal –known in Sudan as Hashab) & grade 2 (Acacia Seyal-known in Sudan as Talha) comes from Sudan.
|1. Uniform stands of monoculture of the right speciesin large tracks.||1. Mixed species in patches.|
|2. Well-experienced producers, tappers, collectors, cleaners and graders.||2. Lack of experience in all fields.|
|3. Land tenure settles – recognized private ownership.||3. Serious land tenure problems, Gum is produced in the nomads land.|
|4. Producers are mainly settled agriculturists.||4. Producers are mostly nomads not interested in Gum development.|
|5. The stable system of Gum cultivation cycle is practiced in many areas.||5. Over – exploitation and cutting of trees through shifting cultivation is practiced.|
|6. Development of Gum Projects at all levels.||6. Lack of serious development projects.|
|7. Produces 85% – 90% of world production.||7. Produces 10% – 15% of world production|
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