In a press statement from National Centre for Genetic Resources and Biotechnology’s Registrar, Sunday Aladele, on Sunday, it was stated that the new crop varieties were approved out of a total of 25 varieties submitted for consideration by research institutions, universities, and private seed companies.
The release of the new crop varieties was announced by NVRC chairman, Oladosu Awoyemi, during its 29th meeting at NACGRAB, Ibadan according to the source.
The source also listed the new crop varieties approved for release as two sweet sorghum varieties (SAMSORG 50SW and SAMSORG 52SW), and four multipurpose cassava varieties (UMUCASS 47, UMUCASS 48, UMUCASS 49, and UMUCASS 50).
It also said that there is one “poundable” cassava variety (UMUCASS 51), two white maize hybrids (SC667 and SC419), one yellow maize variety (ILOMAZ – 1), and two pro-vitamin A maize varieties (SAMMAZ 59 and SAMMAZ 60).
Some are cross maize varieties (SAMMAZ 61), two maize hybrids (SAMMAZ 62 and SAMMAZ 63), and three yam varieties (Dioscorea alata – UMUDa 31 and Dioscorea rotundata – UMUDr 29 and UMUDr 30).
The sorghum varieties were released based on their high Brix content and high extract yield.
The three new yam varieties were released based on the slow rate of oxidation, ability to be eaten in pounded form, high yield, and high dry matter content.
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