Nomination for Registration and Release of Four Multipurpose Cassava Varieties for Food Security (HOPE and BABA-70) and Industry (GAME CHANGER and OBASANJO-2) product profiles in Nigeria
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Chiedozie Egesi, Ismail Rabbi, Damian Njoku, Lydia Jiwuba, Ismail Kayondo, Afolabi Agbona, Elizabeth Parkes, Joseph Onyeka, Peter Kulakow. (14/4/2021). Nomination for Registration and Release of Four Multipurpose Cassava Varieties for Food Security (HOPE and BABA-70) and Industry (GAME CHANGER and OBASANJO-2) product profiles in Nigeria.
NextGen Cassava project at NRCRI and IITA was the development of product profiles for cassava varieties and this includes varieties that address gari and fufu markets, boiled/poundable cassava, biofortified cassava and cassava for industry (Table 1). Our aim is to ensure that varieties were developed to address each of these markets. While varieties HOPE and BABA-70 address the gari and fufu markets, varieties GAME CHANGER and OBASANJO-2 target the industrial sector for utilization in the starch and flour industry. The clones presented here for release have the potential to replace old varieties for processed products that that been earlier released and disseminated. Ultimately, this novel set of varieties will accelerate the attainment of the the Federal Government’s Cassava Transformation Agenda in Nigeria. These clones have been widely evaluated across major agro-ecologies in Nigeria.