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Turkey using local potato seed varieties to combat imports

Turkey's Niğde Potato Research Institute is looking to cut down on potato seed imports by focusing more on local varities. 

The Institute developed and registered indigenous seeds "Onaran 2015", "Fatih", "renowned", "Nahita", "Nam", "Leventbey", "Çanlı" and "Muratbey"in order to meet his goal.

Ugur Pirlak, director of Niğde Potato Research Institute, said that they started breeding in 2005 to solve the problem of imported seed and that they registered 8 potato varieties. 

Referring to the importance of producing seeds, Pirlak, continued as follows: 

"The largest cost of potato production is seed. The seed is imported from abroad and presented to farmers by replicating in this country. Of course, this situation greatly increases the cost of potato production for our producers"

"The biggest goal of our indigenous varieties was to reduce the costs to our farmers and to earn more for our producers. We aim to redistribute the $81 million seed allowance which went abroad, ensuring that it remains in the country, and contributes greatly to our economy."

"Renowned, Nam, Leventbey and Mururbey varieties are highly productive. For the first time this year we have introduced our domestic varieties to our producers. In particular, in the vicinities of Niğde, Nevsehir and Konya, we have chosen to give our local varieties to our leading farmers for demonstration purposes. As of now, returns to our farmers are proving to be very positive. In this way, we see the performance of our indigenous varieties in the hands of farmers and promote in this manner," Pirlak told. 

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