Samoan breadfruit comes to Ghana

by Luigi Guarino on March 20, 2012

I did not see anything in the Ghanaian media during my time there last week about the recent introduction of two breadfruit varieties to the country, though it has made the Samoan media recently (as well as late last year). But I did see the seedlings in the Bunso nursery of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. And very nice they looked too, ready for distribution to interested farmers to supplement the limited diversity they currently manage. Huge potential in this crop.

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Jeff Marck March 21, 2012 at 1:32 pm

This shows the plants at about 5 months of age. The story is available to some extent by googling “Samoan breadfruit in Ghana” for reports in the Samoan and Fijian press. We didn’t actually make any press releases in Ghana as we wanted to to keep it all a little quiet so as to avoid night watchman costs, etc. Field planting begins in the first week of April. Hoorah! The first new variety breadfruit to reach West Africa since the 1840s. 500 kg/tree/year! 50 mt/ha!

Jeff Marck
Breadfruit Institute Volunteer and Liaison to Africa
Ghana Alliance against Hunger and Malnutrition, Chief Consultant


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