PALM wine is one of the many brands of native wines drunk in Nigeria. While some other wine types like burukutu, pito and ogogoro are brewed and distilled from either wheat, guinea corn grains or even as a derivative from fermented palm wine, the particular brand called palm wine is gotten straight as sap from either raffia palm or oil palm trees.
In the Eastern part of Nigeria; and especially in the Igbo speaking area, palm wine known with many names like tombo, palmy, nwoko onye obi ocha (large hearted man), uzunma (epitome of beauty), mmiri Ara umu mbe, (breast milk for the orphan) is the number one brand. Among the Igbo people of the South East, the word wine no matter which brand of wine is being referred to, immediately translates to manya, which in its literal sense means palm wine. This local wine has the potentials of big business in Nigeria and aboard, have you ever thought of export palm wine let me take you through a little details on how to make millions investing in palm wine.
Introduction/market and production technology-Palm-wine is traditionally a social drink of the rural people, but in recent times, it has also become a favourite among city dwellers. The palm trees from which palm-wine is derived grow extensively in the southern part of the country, especially the riverine areas. Much of the palm-wine wastes away through lack of proper preservation method, because it goes sour after 24 hours if not properly preserved by scientific means. A preservation method for palm-wine has been perfected locally. It involves pasteurizing and bottling of the palm-wine, which increases its shell-life to over six months. This method of palm-wine preservation makes it more hygienic and consequently more attractive to the city dwellers. The equipment required is simple to operate and is fabricated locally.
Uptake of the project as a commercial venture will provide employment for the rural people and raise their standard of living. Apart from the large market already existing internally there is a good prospect of the bottled palm-wine being exported to foreign countries, as it is being done already by a few people. The investor and the country therefore have the chance of earning hard currency from the sales of bottled palm-wine abroad.
Production technology-Palm-wine preservation/bottling is done by first testing the palm-wine for specific gravity and level of sugar to ascertain a good quality product. It is then poured into a mixer through a sifter and mixed with a measured quantity of preservative. The palm-wine is then bottled and pasteurized at an appropriate temperature level. The bottled palm-wine is then allowed to cool. See part 2 of the article of the investment and exportation opportunities of palm wine in Nigeria
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