Germplasm exchange

SCIENTISTS of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries have recommended exchanging the germplasm of fruit, vegetables and potatoes; trials of popular potato varieties in different parts of the SAARC region, and organising training programmes on potato breeding.

At a meeting on horticulture held recently in Shimla, the scientists identified areas of cooperation in research and development of horticultural crops. SAARC coordinator on horticultural crops K L Chadha said these crops constituted a significant portion of agricultural production in SAARC countries.