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cassava

(kă-sah′vă) [Sp. cazabe]
A group of perennial herbs of the genus Manihot. The plant is one of the most efficient converters of solar energy to carbohydrate. The root of M. esculenta provides an excellent source of starch and can thrive in poor, dry, acid soils. To be suitable for eating, the root is processed by one of several methods to remove or control the amount of cyanide present. Tapioca is made from cassava.

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Vorn Thorn, a cassava farmer with 10 hectares of land in Battambang province, said he would welcome the ability to sell cassava in the domestic market rather than exporting it to Thailand, which is what he currently does with his harvest.
First introduced into the region by Portuguese explorers from Brazil in the 16th century, cassava roots are rich in carbohydrate while the leaves provide protein, fibre and vitamins.
Dr Simon Gichuki, a senior research officer at Kalro-Biotechnology Research Institute, said despite cassava being a food security crop, farmers often incur huge losses due to the two diseases.
It will, of course, in the process invite people who are used to farming cassava as well as new entrepreneurs who want to go into that business to participate in the cultivation of the cassava that we are going to use for the production of the fuel ethanol.
As an alternative food, two important considerations about cassava wastewater are note worthy: it may cause serious environmental damage if disposed in the environment and it is a by-product from the cassava root that is rich in sugar and starch, characterizing it as an energy source.
This variety has good yield potential, which was determined by the National Center for Research on Cassava and Tropical Fruits (CNPMF/EMBRAPA), for commercial plantations in some areas of the Brazilian Northeast region.
Making it happen in cassava falls in part to Amanda De Souza, a postdoc from Brazil.
Since cassava has no defined maturity time, but it can be harvested at different times, there has been increasing demand by farmers for early storage root bulking varieties (Agwu and Anyaeche, 2007; Benesi et al.
Waraphan [2] reported that using cassava as the source of energy in poultry feeds can result in the birds having lower levels of lipids and cholesterol in the blood.
This was part of the resolutions from a national stakeholder conference on cassava seed system organised by the project, "Building an Economically Sustainable Integrated Cassava Seed System" (BASICS) that was held at the Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan last week Thursday.
Key words: Biofortification, Vitamin A Deficiency, Cassava, Vitamin A Cassava, Yellow Cassava
One of the most significant crops for food security and the main food source of several countries in Africa and Asia is cassava (Manihot escalenta Crantz L.