The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) has partnered with the National Root Crops Research Institute (NRCRI), Umudike, to release five (5) new cassava varieties.
The new varieties were developed under the NextGen Cassava breeding project.
The project is funded by the Gates Foundation alongside the United Kingdom’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).
The Cassava Growers Association of Nigeria (CGAN) also played principal roles in naming the varieties.
AgroNigeria gathered that two (2) of the newly developed varieties were derived from Genomic Selection.
The new varieties were released to address three important product profiles for West Africa, a release made available to AgroNigeria stated.
These products are cassava refined for garri/fufu, fresh markets and industrial purposes.
‘Game Changer’ and ‘Obasanjo-2’ as part of the new varieties, were released for industrial purposes due to their high stable starch and dry matter yields.
‘Hope’ and ‘Baba-70’ were released for their high fresh root yields, and excellent garri and fufu qualities.
‘Poundable’ was released for fresh markets because of its low cyanogenic content, mealiness of the roots (like that of yam) and its poundability. It can also be boiled, fried, roasted or pounded.
The new varieties can now be marketed by the early generation seed companies for cassava seed producers and farmers nationwide, AgroNigeria was informed.
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