The National Association of Master Bakers and Caterers of Nigeria (AMBCN) has endorsed the inclusion of Orange Fleshed Sweet Potato (OFSP) puree in bread production.
The National President of AMBCN, Alhaji Mansa Umar announced this on Tuesday in Abuja.
Umar spoke at an AMBCN seminar held in collaboration with Sano Foods Limited on inclusion of 20 per cent OFSP puree in bread production.
The president said the decision was to cut down the cost of bread production in Nigeria following the recent increase in prices of all baking materials in the country.
He said there was need to consider inclusion of farm produce that the country have in abundance in bread production to cut down the price of bread.
Umar said the inclusion of OFSP puree was a good development as it had more nutritional value and would help to reduce cost of production.
“We have mobilised our national executive members from all states to be part of this innovation at Abuja because of its importance and urgency,’’ the president said.
He also urged government agencies, banks and state governments to give necessary support to the initiative.
The National Secretary of the association, Mr Jude Okafor said “this is a very successful innovation; the national body of AMBCN is fully in support of this new initiative’’.
Okafor said the aim was to ensure that the implementation cut across all states for the benefit of all Nigerians.
Mr Solomon Ojeleye, Head Processing and Operations of Sano Foods also praised the initiative.
“OFSP is rich in beta-carotene and fibre with high nutritional value in vitamin A for eye health, vitamin B6 for healthy metabolism and nervous system.
“And vitamin C for immune health, with vitamin D which plays an important role in carrying out vital functions in the body system,’’ Ojeleye said.
Mr Richard Nwadimuya, Business Development Manager of Agric. Capital said the company would work with various farming groups to ensure that OFSP roots were made available in the country.
Mr Sola Olunowo, Managing Director of Agro Park appealed to bakers to imbibe the project and promised that it would be successfully implemented.
“We are partnering with Sano Foods and Master Bakers in this initiative, our plan is to cultivate 5,000 hectares in three phases. This is our area of expertise and it’s not new to our organisation,’’ Olunowo said.
The FCT Chairman of AMBCN, Mr Ishaq Abdulkareem commended Sano Food for the initiative and appealed to the Federal, state government and private sector for support.
According to Abdulkareem, the price of bread is becoming worrisome as the prices of raw materials keep increasing daily.
He said that consequently, there was need to look inwards in order to reduce the cost, and for some businesses not to close down.