Malnutrition: Agriculturist advises farmers to cultivate Vitamin A Cassava

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An agriculturist, Mrs. Bola Adeyemo, has called on more local farmers to embrace the cultivation of Cassava with Vitamin A nutrients and address malnutrition.

Vitamin A helps form and maintains healthy teeth, skeletal and soft tissue, mucus membranes, and skin.It is also known as retinol because it produces the pigments in the retina of the eye. Vitamin A promotes good eyesight, especially, in low light environment.

Adeyemo said that the benefits of Vitamin A fortified cassava are multifaceted.

She listed them to include health benefit for its consumers and increased gain for farmers after harvest.

She said “Vitamin A Cassava was developed by the world body on agriculture to address issues of malnutrition and the hidden hunger ratio found in the World Health Organisation (WHO) data.

 It has been observed that Africa and Asia are the worst hit by malnutrition, hence, the fortification of cassava and potatoes with Vitamin A nutrients since they are the major staples in African and Asian diets.

 The benefits of the Vitamin A Cassava will address malnutrition and hidden hunger mostly found in rural areas in Nigeria.

 It is whatever the farmer grows that he sells to the city dwellers.’’

The agriculturist then appealed to local farmers to embrace the infusion of micronutrients into their crops.

She noted that Vitamin A fortified Cassava had less sugar content than the regular specie, adding that its cultivation would foster inclusive prosperity for all involved.

She also said that at present, three varieties out of the six species of Vitamin A cassava developed worldwide were being cultivated in Nigeria.