SWEET potato farmers have made known their readiness to rev up production just as industrialisation of the root crop is embraced by puree processors and bread bakers.
Nigerian Tribune gathered that bakery business owners under the aegis of Association of Master Bakers and Caterers of Nigeria, recently resolved to embrace bio-fortified Orange-Fleshed Sweet Potato (OFSP) in bread and other confectioneries to keep prices affordable to Nigerians as major inputs become costlier.
Low production of wheat in Nigeria, falling value of naira and heavy dependence on importation of other inputs in bakery businesses have made operations difficult for bakers and made prices of break, especially, unaffordable to the poor.
Aside the nutritional benefits of OFSP puree, which include beta-carotene and fibre, with high nutritional value in Vitamin-A for eye health, Vitamin B6 for healthy metabolism and nervous system, Vitamin-C for immune health and Vitamin-D, which plays an important role in carrying out vital functions in the body system, its inclusion would reduce the country’s yearly wheat importation and conserve foreign reserves, as stakeholders and researchers have demonstrated.
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