Introducing Three New Bean Varieties To Enhance Food Security For Colombian Coffee-Growing Families

Three new bush bean varieties, BIO103-SGA, BIO105-SGA, and BIO109-SGA, have been released at the Cenicafé-FNC Naranjal Experimental Station in Colombia. These cultivars have high iron and zinc content, tolerance to drought, pests, and diseases, and higher yield potential than traditional beans. They can achieve up to 2 tons per hectare and offer Colombians up to 1.5 times more minerals than conventional beans. The beans are aimed at improving nutrition and promoting income generation within sustainable agriculture. The research centers are working on developing plant materials with unique traits related to climate change resilience and nutrition.

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