SWEET POTATO PRODUCTION GUIDE

SWEET POTATO PRODUCTION GUIDE

Importance of growing sweet potatoes

  • Sweet potatoes are an important food crop grown and consumed by majority of Ugandans
  • Excess produce can be marketed to supplement family income
  • It can be produced under marginal conditions such as low soil fertility and low moisture supply
  • It takes a relatively short time to reach maturity in about 3 to 6 months as compared to cassava which can go up to 12 months or more. This means that sweet potatoes can be grown twice in a given year
  • Storage roots can be eaten, boiled or even processed into simple products such as chips, juice, pan-cakes and composite flour
  • The stems and leaves are used to feed livestock
  • Tender (young) leaves are consumed as vegetables
  • Orange-fleshed sweet potatoes contain Vitamin A which is essential in building the body’s immune system to defend against diseases and blindness
  • It also includes nutrients such as Vitamin C, Iron, Calcium, Copper and Fiber.
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