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Agri ministry testing new variety of sweet potato for UK market

Published:Saturday | August 16, 2014 | 6:07 PM
The new variety of potato called the Beauregard...

The agriculture ministry is now testing a new variety of sweet potato it hopes to sell to buyers in the United Kingdom.

The new variety, called the Beauregard, has been planted at a farm in Charlemont, St Catherine and at the agro parks in Manchester, Clarendon, and St Thomas.

The ministry says the crop should be ready for reaping in another three to four months.

According to Donovan Stanberry, the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, this new variety, imported from the United States was specially requested by the Fresh Produce Consortium in the United Kingdom.


The Fresh Produce Consortium is an association of more than 700 businesses.

The Beauregard sweet potato has copper-coloured skin, moderately deep orange flesh and is consistent in shape.

It's preferred for mass cooking and baking purposes, and is the main variety traded across the world.

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