Nutrition

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The Center for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) -Kumasi in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture Directorate at Asesewa in the Upper Manya Krobo District of the Eastern Region has come out with improved varieties of Cocoyam that can withstand the dry season.

The three varieties; “Adeyede, Gye me di and Mayeye” have the ability to survive the dry hamattan which normally destroys most crops in the country.

According to Mr. Kennedy Agyeman of CSIR-Kumasi, the World Bank sponsored project was being carried out by the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme (WAAPP).

Introducing the products to farmer base organisations at Adensu in the Upper Manya Krobo District on Tuesday, Mr. Agyeman said “we no longer hear of the Begoro “mankani” (cocoyam) again because the forest is depleted”.

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Mr. Agyeman (in blue t-shirt) showing the farmers the new crop
Cocoyam and beans stew
Cocoyam and beans stew

COCOYAMS contain starch, which makes them an excellent source of carbohydrate. They also contain dietary fibre and higher protein contents than majority of the tropical root crops. They also contain thiamine, calcium, niacin, manganese, vitamin B, vitamin C, vitamin E, magnesium, copper and riboflavin. Consuming nutrients-packed food like cocoyam is vital for maintaining a healthy immune system, which helps our body to make use of protein, carbohydrates and other nutrients in the food we eat. Dietary fiber maintains a healthier digestive process and helps in the easy passage of stool.

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