In Sudan, potato cultivation has seen tremendous successes, with productivity in some areas reaching 28 tons an acre. The Alarqam Project of Western Omdurman reached this number, the Meroe Dam Project (in Northern Sudan) has produced 20 tons per acre. The productivity in these two farming areas is a high point in the region. Sources claim that neighboring Egypt’s productivity last year barely came to 20 tons an acre.
The effort to beef up and enhance potato productivity in Sudan was recently privileged with two important projects to resolve the problem of producing potato seeds that hindered its production for a while now.
One of these two projects was the offer presented by the International Potato Center (CIP) which aims to improve value chains, present technical and scientific support and cater for capacity building in potato production.
The second project is support from the African Development Bank received last March with the aim of producing 10,000 tons of potato seeds in the Ertiqa’a project the Khartoum State’s government runs in Western Omdurman. The step is an initial in the Project’s plan to cultivate 200,000 acres to produce 2 million tons of potatoes in five years and contribute to potato exportation.