By Oluwafunke Ishola
The Yam Farmers, Processors and Entrepreneurs Affiliation of Nigeria, says it’s engaged on a fertiliser analysis that may enhance the shelf lifetime of yam and increase meals manufacturing.
Prof. Simon Irtwange, the President of the affiliation and Chairman, Technical Committee on Yam Export, made the disclosure in an interview with the Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Lagos.
Irtwange mentioned that the affiliation was collaborating with the Nationwide Root Crops Analysis Institute (NRCRI) in Umudike, the Worldwide Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Ibadan and different non-public seed corporations to develop fertiliser that may be acceptable for yam.
“We’re having problem with the present Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium (NPK) fertilizer as a result of we really feel that there’s already an excessive amount of nitrogen within the soil and it is among the causes that make the shelf lifetime of our yam to be brief.
“Normally in some locations, whenever you harvest yam in December or January, the yam might be saved until August or September when it begins to interrupt its dormancy.
“However now, you probably have about 100 tubers of yam saved, you’ll be shocked that whenever you verify it, most of them have change into tender as if they’re cooked and whenever you contact them, your fingers will penetrate into the yam.
“This difficulty constitutes a significant financial loss not simply to farmers, but additionally the shoppers who don’t get the financial worth for the produce, therefore growing the publicity to starvation and poverty,” he mentioned.
Based on him, there’s hope that the fertiliser analysis breakthrough will give farmers good yield and extend the shelf lifetime of yam.
Irtwange mentioned that the affiliation was dedicated to make sure innovation in yam manufacturing towards boosting meals sufficiency, wealth creation and development of the non-oil export sector. (NAN)