RMRDC, FCAPT Collaborate to Boost Sweet Potato Use in Kano

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In an effort to promote healthy living among citizens and ensure food security, the Raw Materials Research and Development Council, in collaboration with the Federal College of Agricultural Produce Technology (FCAPT), has trained stakeholders on the adoption and utilization of Orange-fleshed Sweet Potato (OFSP) in various products.

Addressing the gathering and declaring the event open, the Provost of FCAPT, Dr. Muhammad Yusha’u Gwaram, explained that considering the benefits of Orange Fleshed Sweet Potato, the College has resolved to explore opportunities to further achieve food nutrition and security through collaboration with the Raw Materials Research and Development Council.

Dr. Gwaram stated that the primary objective of the training is to create a forum for stakeholders in the Potato Value Chain to realize the fullest potential in Potato Production, Processing, and utilization.

Adding that the aim of bringing stakeholders together is for them to become champions in the act of value addition and product development from Orange-fleshed Sweet Potato (OFSP).

“Its health benefits cannot be overemphasized as it is known to have enough nutritional value, and also helps boost the immune system of our body.

“We, therefore, urge all stakeholders to cooperate with our institutions to ensure orange-fleshed sweet potato receives a boost in the Agric sector, thereby adding it to our day-to-day usage to increase food security in Nigeria,” the Provost of FCAPT stated.

The Director-General, Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC), Professor H. D Ibrahim represented by Abdulhadi S. Madugu said they came up with the idea of purposely supporting farmers of the root and tuber association to help them boost the production of Orange-fleshed Sweet Potato (OFSP) as a substitute for wheat flour, which is not affordable to processors.

Madugu maintained that if adopted fully, Orange-fleshed Sweet Potato (OFSP) has high beta-carotene content, which is a precursor of Vitamin A, making it adequate for food to boost the immune system of the elderly and help combat Vitamin A Deficiency (VAD) among children.

In his remarks, Chairman of the Sweet Potato Farmers Association, Kaduna Branch, Haruna Gambo Muhammad, commended the efforts of the council.

Speaking earlier, the Vice Chairman Agro-allied Nigerian Association of Small-Scale Industrialists (NASSI), Bello Gambo Kura, said their association will fully support the innovation as the product contains nutritional benefits for consumers.

Kura added that their association is ready to utilize the wealth potential of processing Orange-fleshed Sweet Potato (OFSP) into various confectioneries such as Chin-chin, juice, biscuits, cake, flour, and bread, among others, through their branches nationwide.

“If accepted by processors, it will boost their economic status, because the relevant institutions are doing their best to come up with the best way of cultivating the product to increase food security as part of the agenda of President Tinubu and Vice President NASSI.

One of the beneficiaries of the one-day workshop, Aisha Sani Haruna, said they will extend the knowledge learned to their various areas and farmers associations for the benefit of others who did not get the opportunity to attend.

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