IJSRP, Volume 10, Issue 2, February 2020 Edition [ISSN 2250-3153]
Arinze JP. Chukwu and Ikechukwu O. Agbagwa
Sorghum bicolor Race Bicolor, Guinea, Caudatum, Durra and Kafir are typical Sorghum types produced and consumed in Nigeria. The quality of food is dependent on its nutritional content hence a quest to determine the nutrition content of Sorghum in Southern Nigeria. Ten plants per Race were analysed for its nutrition content (Ash, Fibre, Carbohydrate, Moisture Content and Lipid) using proximate analysis. Maximum ash content was recorded in Race Durra (10.20-13.30 %) while least was recorded in Race Guinea (4.00-4.70%); least moisture content ranged between 30.30-32.00% (Race Guinea); Carbohydrate content levels are as follows Guinea>Caudatum>Bicolor>Kafir>Durra; Lipid content was highest in Race Guinea and least in Race Kafir. The nutritive content of the Sorghum investigated compared well with proximate matter content of cultivated and improved Sorghum varieties. This implies that Sorghum cultivation in Southern Nigeria is possible and yields will be as nutritious as those grown in the North.