B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru writes:
Sweet potato is one of the most important starchy crops. It is an herbaceous, perennial creeper cultivated as an annual crop.
In Africa, Uganda is the biggest producer of sweet potatoes and third in the world after China and India.
The orange flesh variety is preferred because it has high amounts of beta-carotenoids, associated with preventing vitamin A deficiency, which causes blindness in both adults and children.
Scientists at National Crop Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI) Namulonge have been breeding orange fleshed varieties through an initiative driven by the International Potato Centre for farmers countrywide to adopt since it contains Vitamin A and iron nutrients.
The institute got the opportunity to disseminate these varieties through primary schools in Mukono and Kamuli districts where vines were given to each pupil to take to their parents for onward multiplication and growing the same. Read more