Nigeria to get five new cassava varieties

Source: Premium Times

Five new cassava varieties developed with support from NextGen Cassava have been approved for release in Nigeria.

This was contained in a recent report by NextGen Cassava Breeding Project, an international partnership led by Cornell University.

According to the report published Thursday, these next generation varieties deliver promising options for smallholder farmers in resisting cassava diseases and marketing their crops to consumers.

It said the new varieties were named Game-Changer, Hope, Obasanjo-2, Baba-70 and Poundable.

“The five next generation varieties feature high yields and robust disease resistance important for farmers and characteristics sought by consumers,” the report said.

It noted that “Poundable” is the first fresh market variety released in Nigeria, while ‘Hope’ and ‘Baba-70’ have excellent gari and fufu quality to address the processed food market.

The report, however, said ‘Game-Changer’ and ‘Obasanjo-2’, have high and stable starch content, which is desired by industrial processors for flour, starch and ethanol.

“The varieties were approved December 17 by Nigeria’s National Variety Release Committee,” the report added.

Sabo Nanono, minister, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), was quoted to have said “The foundation of a solid crop value chain is based on best-bet varieties,”

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