Agri-Impact Limited Leading the Development and Promotion of Orange Fleshed Sweet Potato in Volta Region
The role of Orange Fleshed Sweet Potato (OFSP) is becoming more important and substantial. The OFSP can contribute to combating Vitamin A Deficiency (VAD) and can also serve as a wheat flour substitute in processed products. OFSP is a bio-fortified crop, in that it is a staple food whose micronutrient content has been enhanced to the point where impact on micronutrient status can be achieved. Just 100g (1/2 cup) supplies the daily vitamin A needs of young children under 5 years of age and vulnerable women, the group most at risk of VAD (Hortz et al, 2011). All sweetpotato varieties are good sources of vitamins C, E, K and several B vitamins but only OFSP has pro-vitamin A.
Promoting the utilization of OFSP roots and leaves will foster household food and nutrition diversification. Additionally, diversified OFSP products can also significantly contribute to generating additional household income, through the establishment and improvement of both small scale and large scale businesses.
Agri-Impact Limited, since April 2017, has been leading the development and promotion of orange fleshed sweet potato in Ghana, with a pilot project in the Volta and Brong Ahafo Regions, in partnership with Crop research Institute (CRI), Ohumpong Investments Limited, Benzine Farms and Modern Africa Productions (MAP).
GALLERY OF ACTIVITIES SINCE APRIL 2017
- Partners Inception Meeting
2. Identification and Selection of Decentralised Vine Multipliers (DVMs)
3. Identification, Selection and Registration of 1000 Farmers
The farmers were drawn from Avalavi, Sondo, Sogakope, Lumeahugakope, Mamedo, Torkor and Vakpo, all in the Volta Region. From the Brong Ahafo Region, the farmers were drawn from Amoma, Koforidua, Bono Manso, Akora, Abodwom, Bonsu and Fiaso.
4. Identification, Selection and Training of Bakers to use OFSP Puree as Substitute for wheat Flour
5. Land Preparation and Planting of OFSP vines by Seed Companies
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