|05 July 2010
||The Citizen: New cassava varieties give farmers new hopes|
In collaboration with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Zanzibar scientists started a breeding programme to develop cassava varieties resistant to the two diseases. Their efforts paid off and in almost a record four-year research, four varieties were released in 2007.
|04 July 2010
||Guardian: IITA Challenges Youths In School Science Quiz |
Dr. John S. Peacock, an IITA research scientist, underscored the need to respond positively to the concerns about increasing loss of biodiversity by saying that, a report from the Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria (FRIN) disclosed that, last year alone, $100 million worth of Iroko trees were poached in Nigeria.
|02 July 2010
||UN Relief Web: Nigeria commends IITA over strides in cassava value addition|
Prof. Lateef Sanni, IITA-CFC Project Coordinator, emphasized that the development of value chain projects seek to shift the country's attention from oil,—a commodity that currently provides more than 90 per cent of the country's revenue—generate employment and create sustainable wealth.
|29 June 2010
||Tribune: 'Cameroon now has abundant cassava ’ |
Using conventional breeding methods, IITA has produced improved varieties with multiple resistances to diseases, pests, low cyanide content, short crop cycle, and high yield, and in some cases, resistance to drought.
|25 June 2010
||The Nation: NRCRI needs N500m yearly for research|
The institute in collaboration with IITA has developed and released to farmers a total of 29 cassava varieties. The most recent include the 12 new varieties released between 2005 – 2009. They are: TME 419, TMS 97/2205, TMS98/0505, TMS 98/0510, TMS 98/058, NR 87/184, TMS 96/1632, TMS 92/0057, TMS 98/0002, TMS 92/0326,NR 93/0199 and NR 96/1089A.
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