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July 2nd, 2018 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Michael J. Ssali writes

Sweet potatoes are the most important food crop in Uganda after banana and cassava. According to the last agricultural census report of the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) we produce 1.8 million metric tonnes of sweet potatoes a year grown on an estimated 440,000 hectares.

Globally Uganda is only next to China in sweet potato production and the leading producer in Africa.
Scientists have developed the sweet potato to reduce under nutrition in Uganda. The orange fleshed sweet potato (bio-fortified potato) has been enhanced with vitamins and is highly recommended for consumption by pregnant and lactating women.

Sweet potato tubers are consumed as cooked human food but they may be processed into such products as pancakes, chapatti, chips, juice, bread, and composite flour (mixed with soya, millet, or maize flour).

Young sweet potato leaves may also be eaten as vegetables. Sweet potato residue such as vines, peelings, and roots are wholesome and nutritious feed for goats, pigs, sheep, cattle and rabbits (Dr Jolly M Kabirizi NALIRRI).

The farmer can preserve the residues by turning them into silage. Read more