GHANA – The Legacy Crop Improvement Centre (LCIC) located in the Eastern Region of Ghana has unveiled a new bean variety named Zamzam cowpea. 

This innovative bean variety not only boasts excellent taste but also addresses a common concern associated with bean consumption – flatulence.

LCIC, a private seed company and consulting firm specializing in the production and commercial seed distribution of basic vegetables, cowpeas, soybeans, and maize, operates a 200-acre farm equipped with state-of-the-art irrigation systems. 

Additionally, the company boasts a 50-tonne seed gene bank and a high-tech cold storage facility, ensuring the long-term preservation of seeds without any risk of deterioration.

Mr. Stephen Boadi, the Asene Manso-Akroso District Director for Agriculture, Ministry of Food and Agriculture, highlighted the significance of LCIC’s achievement during an interview with the Ghana News Agency. 

He emphasized that while many types of beans can cause discomfort due to gas buildup, LCIC’s Zamzam cowpea has proven to be gas-free.

According to Mr. Boadi, LCIC has successfully removed the acidic content responsible for causing flatulence from their beans, resulting in a bean variety that is gentle on the digestive system.

This development holds great promise for individuals who have concerns about digestive difficulties associated with bean consumption.

Expressing support for LCIC’s endeavors, Mr. Boadi urged the government and the Ministry of Food and Agriculture to back the local seed production company. He emphasized that supporting LCIC could significantly contribute to addressing food insecurity and ensuring a sustainable food supply.

Ms. Tharzia Numako Akwetey, the New Juaben South Municipal Director of Agriculture, echoed Mr. Boadi’s sentiments, noting the keen interest shown by farmers in LCIC maize seeds. 

She emphasized the urgent need for government collaboration with LCIC to leverage the potential of its hybrid seeds to enhance productivity in the agriculture sector, particularly within initiatives like the Planting for Food and Jobs Initiative.

In a similar move, LCIC developed new high-quality maize seed varieties that require reduced application of chemical fertilizers in 2023. 

These varieties, including “Legacy 2” and “Legacy 26,” were introduced to smallholder farmers in the Fanteakwa North District and are lauded for their adaptability to various climatic conditions and potential for higher yields of eight to nine metric tonnes per hectare. 

Dr. Amos Rutherford Azinu, CEO of LCIC, emphasized the significance of these varieties in enhancing food security and increasing farmers’ income levels.

For all the latest grains industry news from Africa, the Middle East, and the World, subscribe to our weekly NEWSLETTERS, follow us on LinkedIn, and subscribe to our YouTube channel.