Rwandan scientists to release bio-fortified sweetpotato variety

Agricultural scientists at Rwanda Agriculture and Animal Resources Development Board (RAB) are working on sweetpotato varieties with high yields potential and iron meant for pregnant mothers and children.

Countries from Southern and East African such as Rwanda, Mozambique, Zambia, Malawi, Ethiopia, Ghana, Uganda and Tanzania have obtained a grant of $15 million from the Bill Melinda Gates Foundation to support their respective breeding programmes for a period of three years under a project called ‘Sweet Gains”.

Jean Ndirigwe, one of the researchers said that bio-fortified sweet potato varieties will follow Orange-fleshed sweet potatoes with Vitamin A.

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