Free download of : Production of Gum Arabic
Gum Arabic is one of the crops whose promotion by the Federal Government was initiated under the National Accelerated Industrial Crops Production Programme (NAICPP).
The tree crop is not hitherto well known in the country except in Borno and Yobe States) yet it is a commodity of tremendous value and high economic potential. This bulletin is prepared therefore to provide information on Gum arabic tree (Acacia senegal): how and where it can be grown, tapping and grading of the gum and the marketing of the commodity.
Gum arabic is an organic adhesive produced from a tree called Acacia senegal. The gum has a wide range of industrial uses especially, in areas of feed, textiles and pharmaceutical industries. In food products, it serves as a stabilizer, emulsifier, and binding agent for chewing gums, ice creams and jams. In pharmaceuticals, the gum is a binder in iozenges, tablets, pills, throat pastilles and cough drops. In textile industry it is used for fabric stiffening and as a binder for textile printing gums; it is also used in the plastic industry. In miscellaneous industries it is used in producing ink, water colours, paints, carbon papers,
pottery glaces etc. However, the main use of gum arabic remains in confectionery, hard gums, soft gum and gum pastilles …..