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Eritrea’s agriculture: empowering the extension of sweet potatoes recommended

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Eritrea’s agriculture: empowering the extension of sweet potatoes recommended

By Yosief Abraham Z

CIP report from Nairobi, Kenya, stresses Eritrea to continue striving for expanding the sweet-potatoes agricultural mechanization. Unfolded that Halhale Agriculture Institute from Dubaruwa imported nineteen varieties of sweet potatoes from the center in 2000, the agricultural foundation authenticates its whim to see committed efforts of Eritrea as it has an opportune cultivable land.

After relentless efforts of extending laboratory researches for five years, Halhale Institute of Agricultural Research, have at last concluded its all-encompassing extensive examine with selecting five sweet potatoes families. Asserted, at the early stage, of the challenges in introducing agricultural mechanism of the selected and best qualities of sweet potatoes, the Halhale based institute ascertain vitality of the food stable in providing equilibrium diet quota for Eritrean society.

Reports from CIP and Halhale Agricultural Institute unfold of significant roles of sweet potatoes in aiding food supplies, including in preparing nineteen food options. “For it is cultivable up to 600 quintal from a hectare, reviving the confined efforts thereby to enrich Eritreans food nourishment, is expectable and profound,” the report adds.

Taking into account the experiences of Uganda and Netherlands in guaranteeing food supplies and their success in provision of dairy products, CIP underlines the importance of sweet potatoes leaves as silage for increasing husbandry produce. “Provision of food supplies for animals hasn’t to be a challenge in Eritrea; the land is opportune for hortative cultivation. Declaring the resurrection, raising the concentration on sweet potatoes extension, is the only insightful option,” CIP offices from Nigeria and Kenya affirm.

Yosief Abraham Z is a freelance journalist and current Executive Director of HorMid Media and Art Center. You can contact him at
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