Producing Quality Potato Seeds

Context: Recently, the Cabinet okayed government’s decision to allow production of quality seed potato through tissue culture based technology, using aeroponics/net house facilities, along with the certification of seed potato and its successive generations.

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  • This move would also help incentivize potato production which will lead to greater diversification by bringing more area under potato crop cultivation.
  • Currently, potato crop is grown across an approximate area of one lakh hectares in the state, generating demand of 4 LMT of quality seed potato. However, there is negligible supply of quality seed potato from Central Potato Research Institute, Shimla.

Source: The Indian Express

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