The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in collaboration SANO Foods Limited, on Monday began a public-private sector initiative to promote the cultivation of improved cassava varieties in Nigeria.
It was gathered that the partnership under the Building an Economically Sustainable, Integrated Cassava Seed System, Phase 2 (BASICS-II) began with a joint public exhibition of fortified foods and cassava varietal display in IITA, Ibadan.
IITA Deputy Director-General (Partnerships for Delivery), Dr. Kenton Dashiell, stated that the partnership was to promote consumption of locally produced products in Nigeria.
He said part of the deal was to create awareness on the newly released cassava varieties as a means of bridging the current cassava productivity gap on the continent.
He added that it was also to draw consumers’ attention to the availability of locally made and nutritious foods designed to tackle malnutrition.
Dashiell said breeders were making great progress in the development of crop varieties but needed inputs of other stakeholders like the government and processors, who would add value to the research products.
According to him, the final development needed partnerships and collaborations with the private sector to add value to these crops.
“I believe that is what SANO is doing and I’m sure we’ll get to learn more from them,” he said.
Dr Alfred Dixon, Director, Development and Delivery Office of IITA, described the SANO-BASICS-II partnership as a “win-win collaboration.”
Dixon stressed that private sector- led cassava development in Nigeria is essential for the transformational change of cassava in the country.
“Together we will create an economically sustainable cassava value chain where every actor will have a space and benefit from cassava.
“We will raise awareness and trigger the adoption of these varieties by farmers,” he said.
He harped on the need to harness the potentials of cassava as a poverty fighter to create jobs, fight food insecurity and boost the nation’s economy.
In his remarks, the Acting General Manager of Sano Foods, Mr Solomon Ojeleye, pointed out that SANO’s vision was to provide foods that are healthy and rich in vitamins.
He identified Turmeric garri (cassava flakes) and OSFP garri, as two products the company developed through research to add nutritional value to cassava.
“We have over 39 products in the market and all of them are organic because we put the health of our consumers first.
“We use puree, flour and roots of yellow cassava, Orange Fleshed Sweet Potato, yellow maize and other crops for the production of several confectioneries which includes varieties of bread, cookies, cakes, and baby food,” he said.
Also, Dr Mercy Diebiru-Ojo, Vegetative Seed Production Expert at IITA GoSeeed, said some of the new and improved varieties currently being promoted have high vitamin A content.
She said they also have excellent garri and fufu qualities and superb dry matter content, properties that are important to food processors, flour mills, and industries.
NAN reports that the newly released cassava varieties on display included Game Changer, Obasanjo-2, Hope, Poundable, Baba-70 and Fine face amongst others.
The experts all noted that the new cassava varieties have yields above 20 tons per hectare as opposed to local varieties that give less than 10 tons per hectare.
Woman stabs 17-year-old daughter to death in Ogun
Bauchi uncovers 1,115 ghost workers, saves N763m
Man bags 104 years jail term for child trafficking in Kano
Gunmen kidnap Benue commissioner’s wife
Why my wife quit medical profession – Williams Uchemba
JUST IN: Arsenal sign Ben White from Brighton on five-year deal
Kaduna govt files fresh charges against El-Zakzaky
BBNaija: Housemates sideline me because of my age, says Saskay
Sound Sultan: 18 things to know about throat cancer
Court acquits ex-NBA President of N1.4bn fraud charge
Meet Igbo lady with Yoruba facial marks who was told will die if she looked in the mirror
VIDEO: DSS parades 13 suspects, recovered arms from Sunday Igboho’s residence
Igboho, Kanu: Who is naive now? BY Adekunle Ade-Adeleye
Nnamdi Kanu: A ‘circled dot’ in lion’s den BY Arogbonlo Israel
FG planted guns in Sunday Igboho’s house – Deji Adeyanju
Kenya not aware of Nnamdi Kanu’s arrest – Spokesperson
VIDEO: Gani Adams rallies Benin Republic monarchs for Sunday Igboho
FIDIO: Ǹjẹ́ Gbogbo Akitiyan Ìjọba Láti Mú Ẹ̀yìn Olóyè Sunday Ìgbòho Balẹ̀ Yìí Tọ́ Àbí Kò Tọ́?
VIDEO: Pastor Tunde Bakare declares National Movement
VIDEO: CCTV footage of nine-year-old suspect setting Prince Ebeano supermarket in Abuja on fire
VIDEO: Bandits release 28 abducted students of Bethel Baptist High School
VIDEO: Ladipo Market traders clash with security operatives
VIDEO: I passed through a lot in Oman, assaulted, owed wages, drugged and deported – Funmilayo Fehintola
VIDEO: Angry indigene calls out road contractor over substandard road project in Edo
Breaking24 hours ago
JUST IN: Robbers invade Nasarawa Finance Ministry, cart away N100m
Entertainment23 hours ago
BBNaija #ShineYaEye: Biggie names Maria, Pere ‘wildcards’
News23 hours ago
Amotekun loses seven operatives in eight months – Makinde
Metro4 hours ago
Flood kills 26, destroys 1,000 houses in Kano – SEMA
Sports23 hours ago
Croatia fire Suker as Football Federation chief
Metro9 hours ago
Ogun residents mob ‘mad man’ caught with N250,000, three iPhones, women underwear
News4 hours ago
JUST IN: Murdered Super TV CEO Usifo Ataga laid to rest in Lagos
Entertainment19 hours ago
BBNaija: Yousef is irresistible, I really like him – Saskay