Journal of
Horticulture and Forestry

  • Abbreviation: J. Hortic. For.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2006-9782
  • DOI: 10.5897/JHF
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 314

Article in Press

Evaluation of White Fleshed Sweet Potato Varieties for Root Yield and Related Traits in South Gondar Zone, North West Ethiopia

Birhanu Habtie1* and Dessie Getahun2

  •  Received: 01 August 2020
  •  Accepted: 14 October 2020
A sweet potato production is not practiced in most parts of North Western Ethiopia mainly due to gap of knowledge and awareness about its production system and benefits; and shortage of improved varieties in the area. To overcome such challenges, a study was conducted during 2019 main growing season at Dera and Libokemkem districts that included five white fleshed sweet potato improved varieties (Hawassa-09, Berkuma, Adu, Tola and Awassa-83). The experiment was established in a randomized complete block design in three replications with the objective of testing the performance of the varieties for their adaptability and to recommend the superior ones for demonstrations on farmers’ plots. The results of analysis of most traits considered shown significant variation among varieties at both locations. The results further revealed that the interaction effects of genotypes by location were significant for most traits except root length, above ground fresh weight and number of roots per plant indicating the differential response of varieties for those traits at each location. Varieties Hawassa-09 and Burkuma gave superior storage root yield than the others at each location. Hence, these varieties needs to be further demonstrated for sustainable sweet potato production in the study areas.

Keywords: Adaptability, Root Yield, Selection, Varieties, White fleshed