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A NEW ORANGE-FLESHED SWEETPOTATO TO FIGHT VITAMIN A DEFICIENCY IN NIGERIA

Nigeria’s National Root Crops Research Institute (NRCRI) – Umudike and the International Potato center (CIP) have released a new orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) variety. Solo Gold— UMUSPO4—was officially released in July 2018 bringing the total number of OFSP varieties in Nigeria to three.  The other two are UMUSPO3 referred locally as ‘Mothers Delight’, and UMUSPO1, which is known as ‘King J’.

 

 

 

 

 

“Solo Gold has special characteristics preferred by farmers such as a higher dry matter when compared to Mothers Delight, and a much higher beta carotene content when likened to King J. Also, it’s tolerant to sweetpotato weevil and resistant to sweetpotato viral disease. It matures in three to four months”, said Dr. Jude Njoku, CIP Agronomist working at NRCRI. These characteristics make Solo Gold a good candidate for farmer and consumer adoption across Nigeria.

OFSP is a nutritious type of sweetpotato that is additionally rich in beta-carotene, a precursor of vitamin A. Beta-Carotene is an organic, strongly colored red-orange pigment abundant in plants and fruits. Beta-carotene is what gives OFSP an orange color and is converted to Vitamin A in the body after consumption. The orange color of OFSP is indicative of the level of beta-carotene present; the more intense the color, the more vitamin A present. OFSP also has powerful antioxidants that help prevent cancers, as well as natural sugars, which are slowly released into the bloodstream, helping to ensure a balanced source of energy, without the spikes in blood sugar that are sometimes associated with fatigue and weight gain.

OFSP as a staple food in Nigeria can serve as an affordable and sustainable source of Vitamin A, especially for vulnerable populations.  It is commonly consumed as a vegetable (boiled, fried or roasted) as well as in different products through processing and value addition for improved household food intake. These foods include amala (swallows), puff-puff, chips, cake, gari, vegetable soup, doughnut, pottage, bread, chin-chin, juice and kunu. OFSP products can be commercialized for income generation, job and wealth creation for all, especially women and youth.

National Variety Release Committee members and farmers led by Sweetpotato Breeder  Dr. Solomon Afuape (back row 6th from right) who visited the on-farm trials during harvesting and evaluation of genotypes at Ijebu-Oru, Ogun State.

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18 comments

  1. Congratulations to our friend Dr Solomon and his team. OFSP his the Future

  2. Send me details of how I can get vine

  3. Komolafe Funso

    Hello pls how can I get the vines. And details of how to get it. Thanks

  4. You can get vines from me and transportation can be arranged depending on where you are taking it to. Bests coconut farm associate. Coconut_farm @ yahoo.com. 08054880236 WhatsApp only.

  5. Wonderful provision to humanity indeed!
    My farm is in Osun pls where can I get vines to plant and quantity needed for 1acre and price pls

  6. DR MRS SHAKIRAT BABATUNDE

    Dear Mr. Olakunle Omole you can get different varieties ofcpotatoe vines from me. Coconut farm associate. 08054880236. 08033007121.
    Best Regards.

  7. You can get the OFSP vines and potatoes from my farm in Ikorodu, Lagos. Call me on 08035388480 to book for yours.

  8. Anyone still in need of vine in Osun State, kindly contact me on 08035291748.

  9. Anyone who need the vine or the tuber OFSP within Ondo and Ekiti should contact me via 07033964133

  10. Anyone in need of Orange Fleshed Sweet Potato vines and tubers should contact Obasanjo Farm Nigeria. The Farm Manager’s contact 08129901113 or WhatsApp 08135308369.

    Varieties available: Solo gold and mother delight

  11. Olajide Jemiseye

    What type of Fertilizer do I need to grow OFSP

  12. Adamu Muhammad

    please how can i get OFSP tubers in Kano State (Kano City). Thanks

  13. Thanks for the information. No fear planting OFSP anymore in Nigeria.

  14. ORAWO JUSTINA LOVE

    important information thank you very much. i am in Abakaliki Ebonyi State now.A Food Science and Technology student where can i get the root for analysis and if is possible i would like to plant as well.

  15. Please I need OFSP ,variety mother delight or solo gold.

  16. I can supply you both vines and root. Our farm is in Amuwo odofin area of Lagos. 08087180617, agrimatagribusinesshub@gmail.com.
    Regards

    We can also assist with the planting techniques
    Abiola

  17. Oromakinde Yinka

    I can also supply ofsp tuber and vines for planting. Our farms are in ikire and sagamu.Yinka (08060596862)

  18. I currently have a 7hicters farm that fully planted with red orange fleshed potato. I’m expecting about 90-120 tonnes on harvest at this moment, but my biggest problem is the buyer I don’t know any market available where to take it for sale. I hereby wish to use this opportunity to request for any interested buyer to please contact me by WhatsApp or call at 08034086220 Alh. Ladan

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