In India, in North Bengal and in the Bihar regions, potato farmers have long awaited an early bulking potato variety with better storability to cater for evolving grower needs. Red Candy, a new variety launched by Technico Agri Sciences Ltd, now addresses the potato growers’ needs and help them to reap the twin benefits of early bulking with better storability.
Potatonewstoday.com quoted S. Soundararadjane, the CEO of Technico, as saying: “Our alliances with global breeders have equipped us with a large germplasm bank, and we run an exhaustive Varietal Evaluation Program in the country, across micro-climatic regions to help identify and evaluate varieties to match potato growers’ evolving needs, across all sectors such as table, crisp, and french fry segments of the industry.”
The key benefits “Red Candy” offers to table potato growers are that it is a high Yielder at 38 – 42 MT per hectare in 90-100 days, increases yield per unit of land and hence reduces cost of production to the growers. It offers uniform Tubers: Tubers of the variety are red skin, creamy flesh, oval in shape, medium size and consistent shape. It is the premier storable potato in the segment with lower storage loss and it has a low sugar development: Low starch to sugar conversion rate under cold storage conditions and better mash quality.