Research method to combat diet-related disorders is unveiled by CDA

Research method to combat diet-related disorders is unveiled by CDA
Centre for Dryland Agriculture (CDA), Bayero University, Kano said its research solution will address the issues associated with nutrient deficit diet in Nigeria.

The food solution named ‘Tuwo’, a local delicacy with a composite of sorghum-based flower form with rich carbohydrates, fiber, and essential micronutrients, CDA said is intended to supplement diet deficiency.

Addressing journalists at the unveiling, Director, CDA, Professor Jibrin Mohammed Jibrin, explained that the research finding and outcome intended to promote and add value to local cereal.

Jibrin disclosed that the composite Sorghum flour source and processed by the Centre will reduce the importation of processed food and complement the effort to ensure food security in the country.

Lead research of the produce, Dr. Hakeem Ajeigbe, disclosed that besides the nutritional values, CDC has created an avalanche of job and business opportunities for young persons who wish to embrace agricultural processing.

Ajeigbe stressed that with the vistas of value addition in packaging, processing, and marketing of agricultural products, the new research solution will create a limitless opportunity to boost the local and international economy.

On the nutritional value, the head of Department, Food and Nutrition Science, Dr. Hauwa Ladi Yusuf said that Sorghum flour is a staple of the Nigerian diet, and is rich in carbohydrates, fibre, and essential micronutrients (Fe and Zn).

She added that the sorghum-based products mix with soyabeans and Cassava can be used to improve the nutrient status of a population already at sub-optimal levels, with high incidence of diet-related diseases like anaemia and stunting.

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