Growers look for new markets in North-East
Shimla: Seed potato growers in the tribal Lahaul valley are looking for new markets in the North-East in the wake of a bumper crop in the state.

Trial plans for biotech version of crops like rice, cotton, corn, castor, sorghum and potato could be delayed since a crucial meeting of the Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC) was postponed by a month from scheduled date of June 8.

The meeting was expected to discuss permission of field trials and research for some biotech crops during the coming kharif season.

Biotech industry re

The Jalandhar Potato Growers Association announced its support to the people of the villages located on both sides of Kala Sanghia drain who have pledged to block the drain under the leadership of environmentalist Baba Balbir Singh Seechewal on May 18.

After the failure of the official machinery, a large number of people from the villages along the Kala Sanghia drain, religious leaders and vill

In what is likely to revolutionise seed potato production in India, the Central Potato Research Institute (CPRI), Shimla, has developed a technique based on Aeroponics to produce seed potatoes without exposing them to soil.

The institute first designed a prototype and tested it on three varieties of potato seeds, namely Kufri Bahar, Kufri Suryaand Kufri Chipsona, under net house conditions.

Sri Lanka Minister of Cooperatives and Internal Trade Johnston Fernando says that the local potato farmers will be guaranteed a reasonable price for their product.

The price of potato has de-escalated in local markets as the farmers in potato growing districts are harvesting.

LUCKNOW: After taking its toll on the mango and rice crops in the state, erratic weather has now taken a toll on potato production in Uttar Pradesh. Significantly, UP is the largest potato-producing state in the country.

Though temperature differentials between last year and this year have not been more than five degrees, agriculture department officials said the potato crop has suffered.

Raiganj, Feb. 13: Ten thousand quintals of potato worth over Rs 1.

True potato seeds (TPS) are sexually produced propagules of potato and are preferred for its high yield and the power to resist late blight disease of potato. Seed tubers used for propagation are high in volume and pose problems in quality, availability, transportation, marketing & storage. As compared to seed based systems of other crops, multiplication rates are low with high storage and transportation costs. As seed tubers undergo vegetative propagation, they are vulnerable to pathological and physiological degeneration during post harvest handling, transport and storage.

BURDWAN, 13 JAN: While the state agricultural marketing department is all set to sue the Panagarh cold storage that had thrown out 360 tons of potato meant for midday meal for the ICDS centres and Sisu Siksha Kendras, yet another cold storage in Burdwan town has thrown out 7500 tons of potato.

The state run apex cooperatives, Benfed & Confed, owners of the potato packets, however, are yet to pr

The state government would distribute 70,000 metric tons of potato, lying in cold storages in five districts, free of cost for mid-day meal and ICDS, finance minister Mr Asim Dasgupta announced today, admitting that the state exchequer had to drain off Rs 60 crore to