Global Advanced Research Journal of Agricultural Science (GARJAS) ISSN: 2315-5094
February 2016 Vol. 5(2): pp. 061-066
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Promotion and Popularization of Some Elite Cassava Varieties in Igbariam Anambra State: Implication for Food Security and Empowerment

Amamgbo, L.E.F., Akinpelu A.O., Omodamiro R., Nwakor F. N. and Ekedo T.O

 

National Root Crops Research Institute, Umudike, Private Mail Bag 7006, Umuahia, Abia State.

Email: lefamangbo@yahoo.com

Accepted 20 November, 2015

 

Abstract

The study was on promotion, popularisation and dissemination of improved cassava varieties as panacea for increasing production, enhancing food security, income generation and rural empowerment. The study identified the nine best cassava varieties in terms of fresh tuber and gari yield. Sensory evaluation was conducted using a 9 point hedonic scale. The study revealed that all the nine varieties were accepted for food security, income generation and empowerment. Availability of these cassava varieties among farmers in the study area will increase food production, income generation and economic empowerment. The National Root Crops Research Institute, Umudike, Igbariam sub-station should be strengthened to increase cultivation of these cassava varieties for adequate dissemination to the neighbouring communities. This will enable development partners interested in using cassava varieties as panacea to food security and rural empowerment have access to improved cassava planting materials and best agricultural and post-harvest practices.

Keywords: Promotion, Popularization, Panacea, Income Generation, Igbariam, Empowerment.

 

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