The School of Agriculture at the University of Cape Coast has held a day’s workshop for Gari processors within the Duakor, Dominase and Komenda communities in the Central Region.
The workshop was aimed at training these processors on the fortification of orange fleshed sweet potato to enhance the beta-carotene content of gari.
The project is sponsored by the Directorate of Research, Innovation and consultancy unit of the University of Cape Coast.
The leader of the Project, Professor Ernest Ekow Abano from the Department of Agricultural Engineering of the School of Agriculture in an interview with ATL FM News said, the workshop was necessary especially considering the high level of Vitamin A deficiency in most of the Ghanaian local diets. He noted that “From the 198 countries in the world we are the third worst country that has a problem in vitamin A deficiency and our prevalence rate is about 76% which is so high. One of the means to solve this problem is to use food based approach even though there are buyer fortification supplement but those are short term measure.”
He said the orange fleshed sweet potato noted for its rich level of Vitamin “A” will help cover up the deficiency when encouraged to be used in preparing local domestic home foods.
DEAN of the School of Agric, Prof Asare Bediako indicated that, the workshop is one of the many measures mounted by the School of Agriculture to extend it frontiers to the surrounding communities in order to impact them positively and also improve the nation.
He says the UCC school of agriculture is willing to collaborate with the communities to help in training them on areas to improve their knowledge in agriculture.
Source: KOJO DEI/ATL FM NEWS