U.S. Solvent Crusher Expert Provides Technical Assistance to Pakistan

Mark Heiman provides technical assistance to Mudassir Oil Mills- Multan engineer Ammir Ramzan.

Mark Heiman, a 35-year veteran in the solvent crushing industry, recently visited solvent extraction plants in Pakistan and offered technical assistance to local crushers.

The country is an emerging market for U.S. soy. Exports of whole soybeans to Pakistan have increased dramatically since 2015 and were 630,000 MT during the 2016-17 marketing year.

Soybeans are a new oilseed to Pakistan, where solvent crushers traditionally processed sunflower and canola oilseeds. Crushers are in need of technical assistance as their plants make the necessary adjustments to efficiently process soybeans.

During his visits, Heiman covered required preparation equipment, soybean flaking and the importance of protein levels.

Funding for Heiman’s trip was provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Emerging Market’s Program (EMP).  The American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (ASA/WISHH) and the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) work together to develop this emerging market.

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