Technico Agri Sciences, an agri-biotech company owned by Indian conglomerate ITC, is teaming up with the Scotland-based James Hutton Institute to bring in 16 varieties and 600 clones of potatoes to India. The differentiated varieties, expected to improve yields by 15 to 20 per cent, will undergo trials and evaluation, in order to identify varieties suitable for cultivation in different states.
The varieties are expected to benefit Indian potato farmers, particularly potato processing industry in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Punjab, West Bengal and Bihar, as well as potato exporters.
Thehindubusinessline.com quoted Sachid Madan, Chief Executive of Technico Agri Sciences as saying: “Technico has been engaging extensively with farmers and processors across different geographies to help improve farm yield in potatoes significantly. The improvement in yields along with better prices for such varieties has contributed to the doubling of farmers’ income and has also facilitated exports and processing,”