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Potato and sweetpotato in Africa: transforming the value chains for food and nutrition security.

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This book is based on papers presented at the Ninth Triennial African Potato Association Conference, Naivasha, Kenya, 30 June-4 July 2013.The book focuses on the policies for germplasm exchange, food security and trade in Africa, seed systems, breeding and disease management and postharvest management, processing technologies and marketing systems of potato and sweet potato. The nutritional value ...

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Chapter 30 (Page no: 322)

Shortage of sweetpotato planting material caused by prolonged dry seasons in Africa: strategies to increase its availability in Uganda.

Farmers in Bukedea and Soroti districts in Uganda normally experience 3-4 months of dry weather between mid-November and March. During the dry period, vegetation of the sweetpotato crop is completely desiccated, leading to difficulties in securing vines as planting material at the onset of the rains. Failure to plant results in lack of food for vulnerable farming families, particularly before the grain harvest. The objectives of the study were: (i) to investigate the extent of lack of planting material in different agroecologies and the implications for early sweetpotato planting especially in areas that experience prolonged dry seasons; and (ii) to assess the effect of using longer cuttings and fertilizer application in high density vine beds for production of planting material. Farmer interviews were administered in 2008 towards the end of the dry season with 44, 72, 105 and 50 farmers from Mukono, Kamuli, Bukedea and Soroti, respectively. On-farm trials on increasing production of vine areas with prolonged dry areas, compared the use of mini-cuttings (10 cm; two to three nodes) recommended by scientists, against the farmers' preferred vine length of 20 cm. Planting material was conserved and multiplied using NPK (25:5:5) fertilizer applied at 100 g/m2 of propagation beds. On-farm trials on extending the area planted using the available vines involved shortening the vines that were planted and reducing plant densities for production of roots - this was trialled during the second 'short' rains of 2008 and 2009. The treatments were replicated three times and allocated to individual plots in a complete randomized block design. About 58% of the farmers interviewed in Soroti reported failure to plant due to lack of planting material. Doubling the length of mini-cuttings significantly (P<0.001) increased the number of normal (30 cm long) cuttings harvested from the high density vine beds. Pre-planting fertilizer application doubled the harvested number of cuttings. Further studies are needed to verify the optimum fertilizer usage.

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