New sweet potato to be named after Kofi Annan

New sweet potato to be named after Kofi Annan

The Crops Research Institute of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is set to name a new breed of potato after former UN General Secretary, Kofi Annan.

The late statesman is believed to have had huge interest in the cultivation of potatoes and did his bit to ensure farmers in Africa are supported.

Mr. Annan played in major role in the founding of the Alliance for Green Revolution for Africa (AGRA), which supports local farmers.

New sweet potato to be named after Kofi Annan

File photo: The late Kofi Annan and his wife Nane, visited Sweet potato fields in Ghana

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Senior research scientist and sweet potato and taro breeder, Dr Ernest Baafi says the naming of a potato breed after the former UN General Secretary is a way of honouring him for his contribution towards sweet potato production.

The proposition to name the potato after the late Annan is however, pending approval by the National Varietal Release Committee of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture.

When approved, the new breed of potato will be known as AGRA SP-19 or CRI-Kofi Annan.

Kofi Annan served as Secretary-General of the United Nations, from January 1997 to December 2006, before leaving the post.

He, however, died in August in Switzerland. He was aged 80.

His mortal remains were brought back to Ghana on Monday, September 10, ahead of his state burial.

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The Ghanaian statesman’s body was accompanied by his widow, Nane Maria Annan, children and some selected executives of the UN.

President Akufo-Addo led a delegation of government officials to welcome the convoy at the Kotoka International Airport.

Kofi Annan’s burial ceremony will be held at the Accra International Conference Center on Thursday, September 13, before he his finally laid to rest at the Military Cemetery.

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