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January 6th, 2017 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

Earlier this year, National Agricultural Research Organisation (Naro) released bean varieties, which have higher levels of iron and zinc for production by Ugandan farmers.

Dr Stanley Nkalubo, head of legumes research at NaCRRI—one of Naro’s research institutes, says use of bio-fortified foods is an inexpensive method to overcome or prevent malnutrition issues especially for resource-poor families.

The new varieties have an edge in terms of higher levels of iron and zinc. “These varieties have a 20-25 per cent increase in iron, mature earlier and may require less rain. See more