Mr. Paul Liona, the Country Manager, Nigeria HarvestPlus says over two million farmers have benefited from the improved seedlings to enable them produce fortified crops.
Iiona who made this known in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital said that some of the improved seedlings are Vitamin A cassava, Vitamin A maize and orange flesh potatoes.
According to him, the fortified seedlings will help develop the human body cells and the brain will grow to full capacity.
HarvestPlus facilitates the global effort to end hidden hunger caused by a lack of essential vitamins and minerals in the diet. It used bio fortification to conventionally breed staple food crops that are rich in essential vitamins and minerals that can be grown by rural communities.
Liona said the organisation had worked with over 140 partners to multiply the new improved crops and make the seeds available to all farmers.
He said that the organisation was working with over 200 scientists to make a stable crop such as cassava to be fortified with other micro nutrients.
He said the essence was to put the power of nutrition in the hand of farmers so that you do not need to start going for supplements.
Liona promised to ensure that the foods are naturally more nutritious, adding “we are working very closely with the federal ministry of agriculture in collaboration with over 140 partners in Nigeria.”
According to him, very soon, the first phase of vitamin A banana and plantain will be out and there are still other crops that will come out in the near future.
He commended the federal ministry of agriculture for providing support both technically and financially toward scaling up of fortified crops and food in the country.