Five new cassava varieties developed with support from NextGen Cassava have been approved for release in Nigeria. These next generation varieties deliver promising options for smallholder farmers in resisting cassava diseases and marketing their crops to consumers.
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. Poundable is the first fresh market variety released in Nigeria. Hope and Baba-70 have excellent gari and fufu quality to address the processed food market. 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 foundation of a solid crop value chain is based on best-bet varieties,” said Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono, Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development. “As a country, we are excited that the new NextGen cassava varieties address the needs of the cassava industry and we look forward to providing millions of Nigerian cassava growers access to these varieties.”