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New sweet potato variety to be named after Kofi Annan

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The National Variety Release and Registration Committee has approved four new improved varieties of Sweet Potato developed by Research Scientists at the Crops Research Institute of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).

The Committee is however to give a final approval for one of the varieties named after the late former Secretary-General of the UN, Kofi Annan within the next two months as a recognition and appreciation for his contribution.

Mr. Annan until his death, was a strong advocate of the production and consumption of sweet potato towards hunger reduction in Africa.

The National Variety Release and Registration Committee chaired by the Director of the Crops Services Directorate of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Seth Osei Akoto, disclosed this at Fumesua after a thorough evaluation of some proposed new sweet potato varieties researched into by a team of CRI Research Scientists led by Dr. Ernest Baafi through a collaboration between the CRI of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the Alliance for a Green Revolution (AGRA).

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