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SWEETPOTATO CHARACTERIZATION IN NIGERIA

 

Nigeria has high agronomic potential desired for SP. The crop is considered minor while its production levels are 2nd largest. The challenges faced include local varieties give low yields, lack good quality planting materials, financial constraints and misconceptions to the crop. This study here aims to characterize SP clones with consumer desired traits. The approach includes surveys for productivity including utilization and marketing, and selecting genotypes within different agro-ecological zones. The progress yielded 15 SP clones with consumer preferences and 5 clones stable in different agro-ecological zones.