Oct 17, 2014

Cassava News 124

Cassava News; Chào ngày mớiCây Lương thựcHọc mỗi ngày,   
Food Crops News, Hoàng Kim, Tin Nông nghiệp Việt Nam
Update of Cassava News from 6 October to 17 October, 2014.
New result of developing the cassava variety KM419

Hoang Kim1, Tran Ngoc Ngoan2, Nguyen Thi Truc Mai4, Nguyen Bach Mai5, Vo Van Quang3, Nguyen Phuong1, Hoang Long3, Nguyen Minh Cuong1, Dao Trọng Tuan1, Nguyen Thi Le Dung1, Tran Cong Khanh3, Nguyen Minh Hieu2, Nguyen Van Bo6,  Nguyen Thị Cach4, Nguyen Trong Hien6, Le Huy Ham7, Hernan Ceballos8, Manabu Ishitani8

Nong Lam University  (NLU); 2) Thai Nguyen University of Agriculture and Forestry (TUAF); 3) Institute of Agricultural Science for Southern Vietnam (IAS); 4)
Hue University of Agriculture and Forestry (HUAF); 5) Tay Nguyen University (TNU); 6) Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Sciences (VAAS); 7) Agricutural Genetics Institute (AGI); 8) Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical (CIAT)


The cassava variety KM 419 was developed from the cross combination BKA900 x KM 98-5.  KM 419 has the advantage of short duration  with fresh root yield 34.9 – 54.9  ton/ ha (higher than KM 94 about 27.7- 29.6% ), good root shape with white flesh, high adaptability to various production conditions, starch content 27,8 - 30,7%, starch yield about 10,1 -15,8 ton/ha and root dry matter content about 15,6-21,6 ton/ha for 7-10 months after planting ( KM94 starch content 26,0-28,3 %, starch yield about 6,4- 9,5 ton/ha and root dry matter content about 9,0- 13,2 ton/ha for 9-11 months after planting). KM419 was moderately susceptible to cassava bacterial blight. Production area of KM419 in the Tây Ninh, Dong Nai, Dak Lak, Phu Yen in 2013 was up to more than 50,000 ha. KM419 was proposed by the Nong Lam University in Ho Chi Minh city (NLU) and Thai Nguyen University of Agriculture and Forestry to be main production in the Southeast, Central Highland, North and South Central Coast and Northeast & Northwest of Vietnam.

Key words: Cassava  KM419, high starch yield, cassava breeding, Vietnam.
Kết quả chọn tạo và phát triển giống sắn KM419

A tented city in a cassava field: MSF's newest Ebola treatment centre in Bo ...

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) International - ‎15-10-2014‎
A few weeks ago: a cassava field. Today: a gleaming tented city, as incongruous as a spaceship amidst the surrounding scrubland.

New varieties of cassava, cocoyam developed

GhanaWeb - ‎14-10-2014‎
Cassava Compr. The West Africa Agriculture Productivity Programme (WAAPP) is to benefit 41 farmers in the Upper Manya Krobo District.

Philippines: Cassava, food of the future

FreshPlaza - ‎14-10-2014‎
It is one of the ingredients for animal compounding; it also used to produce liquor, an alternative raw material to molasses; it can also be used to make glucose, fructose, lactose, substitute for sucrose in making beverages; for medicine, cassava is ...

Ministry tackles cassava glut

Bangkok Post - ‎12-10-2014‎
"We're proposing the government use more cassava to make ethanol, from 4-5 million tonnes a year to possibly 10 million tonnes this year.

Yadiko Uruk – Children of Tobacco, Coca and Sweet Cassava

Global Voices Online (blog) - ‎14-10-2014‎
The Uitoto linguistic family belongs to what today is known as the people of the Center or Children of tobacco, coca and sweet cassava, scattered on the riverbanks of Caquetá, Caraparaná, Putumayo, Igaraparaná and Amazonas Rivers (Leticia e Iquitos).

AFAN Decries Lack Of Cassava Processing Machines In Kwara

Leadership Newspapers - ‎15-10-2014‎
All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) , Kwara Chapter on Tuesday, urged the Federal Government to provide at least one cassava processing machine in the state. Mr Daniel Ajiboye, the Acting chairman of the association, made this call in an ...

Cassava Flour Saving Nigeria $773.2m Annually

Ventures Africa - ‎05-10-2014‎
VENTURES AFRICA - Nigeria's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has said the country's policy on the use of 20 percent High Quality Cassava Flour, HQCF, for baking bread saves the nation N127 billion ($773.2 million) billion. The ministry's ...

Red Stripe to invest US$10m in cassava for beer production

Jamaica Observer - ‎09-10-2014‎
KINGSTON, Jamaica - Local brewing company, Red Stripe, has said that it will invest US$10 million over the next five years to set up a cassava supply chain, as it moves to use the tuber to offset barley imports utilised in beer production. “It is not ...

'Farmers will be blamed if cassava flour project fails'

Nigerian Tribune - ‎15-10-2014‎
The President of Nigeria Cassava Growers Association (NCGA), Pastor Segun Adewumi has said that the farmers will be blamed if the recent new policy on cassava flour fails. Adewumi who made this known during an interview with Nigerian Tribune said that ...

Cassava shapes up as an alternative source for starch sweeteners

FoodNavigator.com - ‎08-10-2014‎
New research led by Du Pont Industrial Biosciences concludes that enzyme technology currently used with maize and wheat could be applied far more widely to cassava root starch to produce sweeteners such as glucose, fructose and maltose.

Tiny wasps introduced to Indonesia to save cassava crops

ABC Online - ‎26-09-2014‎
KRIS WYCKHUYS: Yeah, so there's about 1.1, 1.2 million hectares of cassava being grown in Indonesia and about 58 to 60 per cent of locally grown cassava is being used as a food for the country. So it is important as a food security crop as well as a ...

Tiny wasp tasked with saving Indonesia's cassava crop from fuzzy devastating pest

Fox News - ‎23-09-2014‎
Pest pink cassava mealybugs are shown in a laboratory at Bogor Agricultural University in Bogor, West Java, Indonesia, Wednesday, Sept.

World Bank Hails Cross River Cassava Project

Daily Times Nigeria - ‎14-10-2014‎
The World Bank commended the Fadama User Group (FUG) in Cross River State for engaging in the production of cassava chips. Country Director of the Bank, Marie Francoise Marie-Nelly, gave the commendation during the inspection of the World ...

Caribbean adopting new technologies in cassava production

Jamaica Observer - ‎23-09-2014‎
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) - Representatives from 11 Caribbean countries have received training in the implementation of new technologies for cassava production, with the aim of improving competitiveness and promoting technological innovations ...

Cassava leaves, roots show promise against colon cancer, heart attack, others

The Guardian Nigeria - ‎17-09-2014‎
Can cassava leaves and roots extract provide the elusive cure for colon, prostate and bladder cancers? Can tiny tubes made from cassava root extract help treat angina and prevent some of the side-effects of existing treatments? CHUKWUMA MUANYA writes ...

Minister promotes cassava growing

New Vision - ‎16-09-2014‎
He added that they were negotiating with investors to set up a cassava-processing factory in Nebbi district. Omach, through the Petroleum Institute for Proactive Action (PIPA), have embarked on a campaign to promote the growing of cassava in Nebbi.

Agric Show: AFAN Chairman Decries Lack Of Cassava Processing Machine

Nigerian Observer - ‎16-10-2014‎
TUDUNWADA (NASARAWA STATE) - All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) , Kwara Chapter has urged the Federal Government to provide at least one cassava processing machine in the state. Mr Daniel Ajiboye, the Acting chairman of the association, ...

Cassava: Food of the future

Sun.Star - ‎09-10-2014‎
IN THE recently concluded Mindanao Food Congress 2014 held in Cagayan de Oro, Dr. Candido Damo of the Department of Agriculture presented Cassava as promising food of the future. “Cassava can accumulate more carbohydrates per unit time than any ...

HarvestPlus honors Dr Dixon, others for efforts on biofortified cassava with ...

Africa Science News Service - ‎03-10-2014‎
HarvestPlus, the organization leading global effort to end hidden hunger, has given an award to Dr Alfred Dixon, known by his peers as “Dr.

HarvestPlus Honours Dixon, Others for Biofortification of Cassava

THISDAY Live - ‎06-10-2014‎
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HarvestPlus, the organisation leading global effort to end hidden hunger, has given an award to Dr Alfred Dixon, known by his peers as “Dr. cassava,” and currently Project Leader for the Cassava Weed Management Project/Head, Project Coordination Office at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), in recognition of his outstanding performance towards the rapid development of provitamin A cassava varieties in Nigeria.
The award was given to Dixon during the HarvestPlus- organised annual crop meeting held in Abuja 22-23 September. The organisation also honored one of its own, Dr. Wolfgang Pfeiffer, Deputy Director (Operations), HarvestPlus. IITA Cassava Breeder, Dr. Peter Kulakow; and the Executive Director, National Root Crops Research Institute (NRCRI) Umudike , Dr. J.C. Okonkwo, also clinched awards.          
Dixon,  a Cassava Breeder, started his career as a Postdoctoral Fellow at IITA (1989―1990), an Associate Scientist (1991―1994), a Scientist in Cassava Breeding/Genetics (1994―2008).  He had a break and returned as Project Leader, Cassava Weed Management Project/ Head, Project Coordination Office (2013-present). In his career with IITA, Dixon led the development of over 300 improved cassava varieties most of which were introduced to over 30 countries in Africa and helped the continent to increase production. Dixon also pioneered the development of provitamin A cassava varieties. In reference to the contribution of Dixon, Pfeiffer referred to him as “being instrumental to the development of yellow cassava varieties that are agrononomically superior.”
In 2008, Dixon left IITA to serve as the pioneer Director General of the Sierra Leone Agricultural Research Institute (SLARI), Freetown, Sierra Leone. He had worked at the Crop Science Department, Njala University College, University of Sierra Leone as a Research and Teaching Assistant (1981―1982), Graduate Research Assistant (1985―1988), and a Postdoctoral Research Associate (1988―1989) with the Sorghum Breeding Project of the Department of Agronomy, Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, USA.
Dixon is a team player and has trained, inspired, and mentored more than 300 national scientists and technicians to add value to the food security drive of governments to ensure food security. Most of his trainees are today in leadership positions. He is often referred to as the “Father of Cassava in Africa.” In recognition of his contribution to the development of the cassava sector in Nigeria, he was awarded a traditional chieftaincy title in Nigeria.
Dixon has published more than 200 articles in international journals. He holds a PhD in Agronomy (1988), an MSc in Genetics (1985) from Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, USA; and a BSc in Agriculture (1981) from Njala University College, University of Sierra Leone, Sierra Leone.
Other stakeholders honored at the event were farmers and processors. They included Pius Ojoawo (JDPM Oyo), Mrs. Rachael Afolabi (SAWEC),   Mr. Abiodun Akinbode (OYSADEP), Mr. Emmanuel Nnabuihe (Development Dynamics), Mrs. Ego Amaeke (Forward Africa), Uwen Ita Etuk (AKSU), Barr  Eliel Isaac (AKADEP), Matilda Inyang (HEMADEP), Mr. Micheal Nse Ita (JDPC Uyo), Mr. Boniface Eyimoga (NOA), Mr. Daniel Akase (BNARDA), and  Mrs. Biishi Mnena (RAPAC).

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