SWEET POTATO FARMING

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By the end of this course, the learner should be able to;

a)       Know the agronomic aspects for sweet potatoes

b)      Identify the pests and diseases encountered in sweet potato farming

c)       The harvest and post-harvest handling of sweet potatoes

d)      Know the marketing strategies of sweet potatoes

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Course Content

AGRONOMIC ASPECTS OF SWEETPOTATOES
Agronomic aspects for sweet potatoes • Climatic conditions, soil and water management  Propagation and planting  Use of stem cuttings  Use of storage roots  Rapid seed multiplication • Planting method of sweet potato  Varieties

  • Agronomic aspects of sweet potato
  • QUIZ

PESTS AND DISEASES
Pest and diseases a) Pests • Sweet potato weevil • Rock-knot nematodes • Millipedes • Domestic and wild animals • Rats • Sweet potato butterfly • Beet armyworm • Sweet potato hornworm • Tortoiseshell beetles • Whiteflies • Aphids b) Diseases • Black rot • Diplodia black storage rot • Fusarium wilt • Mild mottle virus

POST HARVEST HANDLING OF SWEET POTATOES
a) Post-harvest handling of sweet potatoes • Packaging • Transportation of roots • Damage or losses during handling • Curing • Storage of sweet potatoes b) Common storage methods for sweet potatoes • Naturally ventilated store • In ground storage • Pit storage • Clamp and mound storage • Indoor storage • Effect of storage on quality of sweet potato • Utilization of sweet potato

MARKETING OF SWEET POTATOES
Marketing of sweet potatoes • Domestic marketing  Sweet potato recipes  Sweet potato jam  Sweet potato catsup  Sweet potato hotcake  Sweet potato flour  Sweet potato bread • Profitability  Sweet potato profits  Sweet potato marketing

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