Vegetable production: How to produce, harvest and store sweet potatoes 

Sweet potatoes form a key staple and poverty-relief crop in southern Africa. Orange-fleshed types are useful in combating the vitamin A deficiency which causes many African children to go blind. The sweet potato performs well in sandy-loam, loam or clay-loam soil. It needs good drainage and is sensitive to water-logging, salinity…

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Vegetable production: Protecting your sweet potato harvest

Question: I’m producing sweet potatoes. Which pests and diseases should I guard against? Sweet potato weevil and sweet potato moth are the pests that most often affect sweet potatoes. The most important field diseases are sweet potato feathery mottle virus, fusarium wilt, alternaria leaf spot, soft rot, sclerotium wilt, scurf…

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This headman has a passion for farming

Simon Malambo, a local headman in the Southern Province's Monze area, runs his 25ha farm on traditional land in close co-operation with his wife and children. He believes in collective decision-making and follows an open book policy with the farm's finances. "If anything happens to me today, my daughter, my…

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