Zimbabwean government distributes 450,000 sweet potato plants
Published Feb 7, 2023
The government of Zimbabwe has distributed 450,000 virus-free sweet potato plants in all provinces of the country under the Presidential Sweet Potato Vine program. Hilda Manditsvara, chief horticultural specialist at ARDAS, stated that the plants are virus-free, high-yielding and distributed across all provinces of the country.
"We expect that the 50 distributed plants will have a strong stimulating effect within the communities and act as a breeding ground for other members of the agricultural communities. Combined with Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), we expect that these plants will have a major impact on the cultivation of sweet potatoes," says Manditsvara. The distributed package of plants also contains some biofortified lines, which are rich in vitamins and iron and are very nutritious. Zimbabwe needs about 318,100 tons of sweet potatoes annually. Sweet potatoes are ...