6 December 2012

Nigeria: Made-in-Abu Sorghum Bread, Cakes Hit Shops

Zaria — Bread and cakes made from sorghum flour are now on sale at various shops in the Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR) of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria and other areas in the city.

The Cereals Breeding Programme leader of IAR, Professor Daniel Appan Aba, said this in an exclusive interview with Daily Trust, adding that IAR's research are now focused on improving the nutritional content of crops.

He said: "We want to now transform local dishes made from sorghum and other crops into things you can take into the shops. We want to have a situation where somebody can just go into the shop and buy a ready made sorghum flour.

"We already have sorghum varieties that can achieve that but we only need to improve on the processing procedures. These are the transformations we want to bring on sorghum where it would not be just used for Tuwo. In fact in IAR, we have already developed sorghum bread.

"It is now being sold. You can also make cakes with sorghum. These are now on sale at various shops in IAR and other places and they are baked in the institute."

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