Mozambican institute develops number of drought-resistant sweet potato varieties

17 September 2013

Mozambique’s Agrarian Research Institute since last April has been developing new varieties of sweet potato that are more resistant to droughts, agronomist and manager of the project, José Ricardo said.

The project is being carried out in the Umbeluzi Treatment Station of the Mozambican Agrarian Research Institute by over 200 farmers from the Boane district of the coastal province of Maputo. It has financial support of US$5 million from the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA).

Ricardo said that the varieties had the potential to provide yields of around 15 tons per hectare, as well as containing a large amount of vitamin A.

Since April around 2 million Mozambican rural workers received seeds for these varieties to test in their production areas, according to Ricardo cited by Mozambican news agency AIM.

AGRA has invested around US$20 million in Mozambique since 2007 to fund 43 agricultural projects. (macauhub)