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Sweet potato varieties with medicinal properties – Bhu Sona and Bhu Krishna
By Central Tuber Crops Research Institute (CTCRI)
Developing biofortified crop varieties to combat malnutrition and obesity
Intended Application
Combat malnutrition – Bhu Sona provides Beta- Caritene which can alleviate Vitamin A deficiency in a natural way; Both Bhu Sona and Bhu Krishna provides anti-oxidants which can prevent certain types of cancers
Product Design and Silent Features
Yield : 27 to 30 t/hectare; Starch – 20 to 23% Anti-oxidants: Bhu Sona Beta-Carotene - 14mg/100g Bhu Krishna: Anthocyanin : 90mg/100g
Current Market status/Novelty
Carotenoids Total Market Value - $ 405.3 million (2015); Expected projection - $765.3 million (2025); CAGR - 6.7% (2016 to 2025) Anthocyanin Total Market value - $ 193 million (2015); Expected to rise to $ 387.1 million (2025); CAGR of 7.3% from 2016 to 2025. This product segment accounted for 11.08% of the overall market volume in 2015.
Development Stage
Varieties already released Available for licensing to seed producers and industries
Future Works
Efforts are on to increase the dry matter content to improve their consumption quality
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