Fried plantain chips are a very popular snack in Africa. Usually, plantain chips are made from green bananas or plantains that are not fully ripe. Due to the low production cost and high profit of plantain chips, investment in plantain chips production has gradually become a rising industry in Nigeria, Ghana, Zambia, and other countries. So, how much does it cost to produce plantain chips in Nigeria?
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Why is plantain more suitable for making plantain chips?
Plantain is very similar to bananas, but its taste and cooking method are very different. Bananas have a sweeter taste and become soft when they are ripe. The plantain is rich in starch but lower in sugar than bananas. Plantain is usually larger and tougher than bananas, and the skin is much thicker.
They may be green, yellow or very dark brown. Therefore, plantain cannot be eaten raw, but only after cooking. Plantain is often processed into salty dishes or fried snacks. Plantains are edible at any stage of the ripening process, but they need to be peeled and cooked before eating.
Currently, in Nigeria, the business of processing plantain chips has successfully transformed plantain into economic benefits. In the production of plantain chips, the green or yellow plantain is peeled, then sliced into thin slices, and then the sliced plantain chips are fried and seasoned. Finally, the fried plantain chips can be packaged by a packaging machine.
Cost of plantain chips production in Nigeria
In Nigeria, including other African countries, the commercial production of fried plantain chips requires a full set of plantain chip production lines. This is because the manual production of plantain chips is very inefficient and unsanitary.
The output of commercial plantain chips processing plant is usually between 100kg/h and 500kg/h, and the production efficiency is very high, which can replace about 5-10 workers. The fried plantain chips production line mainly includes the peeling machine, slicer, frying machine, deoiling machine, seasoning machine, and packaging machine.
Generally, manufacturers can recommend suitable processing equipment and plantain chip production schemes for users according to their needs. For example, we can customize the plantain chips line of 50kg/h for customers. If the customer’s investment budget is not high, we will also advise customers not to purchase packaging machines and other auxiliary equipment to save costs.
The cost of producing plantain chips in Nigeria mainly includes the cost of purchasing equipment, raw material costs, labor costs, and factory construction costs.