IITA DG seeks collaboration with Sudan on cassava transformation
As IITA, Sudan Sign MoU
The Director General of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Dr Nteranya Sanginga, has assured that the collaboration between IITA and Sudan will put smiles on the faces of farmers in northern Africa.
This was contained in an address to a presidential delegation from Sudan that spent five days in Nigeria and visited IITA to exchange ideas, and explore areas for collaboration with IITA on cassava transformation.
The collaboration aims at cutting the importation of wheat and saving the country’s foreign exchange. It is also part of a broader decision that would facilitate the introduction of improved cassava varieties to Sudan.
Sanginga said: “We are ready to expand into Sudan with a strengthened diversified portfolio to contribute to the improved livelihood and income for small-scale farmers in the country.”
Leading the six-man delegation, Vice Chancellor, University of
Khartoum, Professor Ahmed Mohamed Suliman, said the country desired to be a cassava-growing nation for the sole purpose of converting the root crop to flour that would replace wheat in baking.