Council for Scientific and Industrial Research –Savanna Agricultural Research Institute (CSIR – SARI) has released three new varieties of sweet potato for cultivation by farmers to improve nutritional status of consumers while ensuring food security.
The new varieties under initial names SARI-Nan, SARI-Obari and SARI-Diedi have high levels of nutrients and grow well in the Guinea Savanna ecology (Northern, Upper East and Upper West Regions) maturing within three to four months.
The development and release of these new varieties of potato were a collaborative research of CSIR-SARI, Crop Research Institute, and University for Development Studies with funding from the International Potato Centre.
The National Varietal Release and Registration Committee (NVRRC) of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) at a meeting with CSIR-SARI Scientists at Nyankpala in the Northern Region on Wednesday approved the release of the new varieties after assessing their on-station and on-farm trial results.
Dr Joseph Adjebeng-Danquah, Research Scientist at CSIR-SARI, one of the Scientists, who worked on the varieties, said they were being multiplied and would soon be distributed to seed marketers to sell to farmers for production.
Dr Stephen Nutsugah, Director of CSIR-SARI said it was the first time CSIR-SARI released varieties of potato assuring that the institution was poised to do more to improve agricultural production in the country.
Professor Jonathan Padi Tetteh, Acting Chairman of NVRRC commended the research team for the great work done calling on CSIR-SARI to come up with an agronomic package for the production of the varieties in the country.