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Monday, May 20, 2013
- Cassava is a staple food in many parts of DRC and farmers disappointed with harvests of the popular F100 variety, which has proved vulnerable to a plant disease called mosaic, have turned to a newer strain with great success.
The new TME 419 cassava is proving popular and economically viable.
More than 250 small-farmer associations say 84 tonnes of the new variety was harvested last year.
It earned them $39 960 compared to just $6 160 dollars from 14 tonnes of F100 in 2010. (END/RADIO BULLETIN EDITOR/2012)