IITA develops 40 improved cassava varieties in 45 years

06.02.2013

Business Day

Published 29 January 2013

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) says it has developed more than 40 improved cassava varieties in the last 45 years, a statement signed by the IITA Communication Officer, Mr Godwin Atser, said that the institute and its partners developed the cassava varieties. 

``In the last 45 years, IITA, working with national partners, have developed more than 40 improved cassava varieties with potential yield ranging from 20 tonnes to 40 tonnes per hectare as opposed to traditional varieties that give farmers less than 10 tonnes per hectare.’’
 
It added that the improved varieties were made available to farmers across the country, including Benue State which received improved planting materials last year.