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Sweet potato BRS Amelia, more tasty, strengthens
the food security and increase farmers' income

The sweet potato is one of the most nutritious and versatile vegetable, being produced throughout the year in most of the Brazilian production regions and traditionally cultivated for consumption of households. In recent years it also became part of the menu of a new consumer profile, of urban origin, in his/ her search for healthier eating habits. Despite the increase in demand, this culture is still marked by low productivity and high rate of disease due to the use of not adapted plants. Concerned by its great potential in generating income and food, Embrapa Temperate Agriculture developed the cultivar of sweet potato BRS Amelia to fill these important gaps diagnosed in the production chain. When cooked or baked, its peel comes off easily from the pulp; its texture is moist and sticky, soft and extremely sweet. Its average productivity is 32 tons per hectare, i.e. 2.36 times higher than the average production in Brazil, besides reducing 50% of post-harvest losses and raising farmers' earnings by as much as 60% of average prices. Since its release in 2007, the production of 210,000 seedlings allowed in just five seasons, that BRS Amelia to occupy about 10% of the planted area in the Rio Grande do Sul State and stretches to other regions of the South, Southeast, Northeast and North. Today it is present in 8 Brazilian states (Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina, Parana, Sao Paulo, Minas Gerais, Bahia and Roraima). Its cultivation is estimated to have produced 41,000 tonnes in an area of 1,300 ha in the different Brazilian regions and generated an agricultural income (consumption and marketing) total of US$ 100 million to benefit 40,000 family farmers and traditional communities, that can raise their economic gains up 472% when trading in organic food fairs.

More information:
https://www.embrapa.br/busca-de-produtos-processos-e-servicos/-/produto-servico/599/batata-doce---brs-amelia


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