Importation Of Wheat Can Be Reduced – IPC
The representative of the International Potato Centre (IPC) in Nigeria, Dr. Phorbee Peju, has disclosed that the country can reduce importation of wheat by 25 per cent, if its farmers embraced proper growth of Orange Fleshed Sweet Potatoes (OFSP) for consumption.
Peju made the disclosure at the 18th annual lecture of Agricultural and Rural Management Training Institute (ARMTI), Ilorin, Kwara State, while speaking on the topic; ‘Food Security, Employment Generation and Wealth Creation in a Developing Economy:
The Role of (OFSP).’ Peju said thatt OFSP, which can be grown in all the 36 states of the Federation, could meet some bakery needs in Nigeria.
According to her, the baking industry, which is the largest industry in Nigeria, can boost farmers’ productivity, improve nutrition and livelihoods if OFSP, in form of puree, can be used in bread baking and other pastry products like cookies, cakes, pies and so on.
She said that a composite flour of about 40 per cent OFSP puree had been made into well acceptable bread for commercial purpose in Nairobi, while most bakery in Osun State were presently using it.
Peju noted that this inclusion even at 25 per cent, would go a long way in reducing dependence on wheat importation, conserve foreign exchange, put more money in farmers’ pockets and productively engage women and youths.