Researchers seek to stimulate farmers’ demand for disease and pest resistant sweet potatoes seeds

With only 15 per cent of sweet potato farmers able to invest their own money in buying new varieties of sweet potato seeds, agricultural researchers are set to establish demonstration plots that will stimulate farmers’ demand.

Rwanda Agricultural Board and International Potato Centre (CIP)  have been working together to develop cleaner sweet potato varieties but Julius Okello, the Agricultural Economist at the center, says very few farmers are willing to pay for the planting materials.

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Author: Michel Nkurunziza

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