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'Capacity building of small-scale potato growers in Punjab, Pakistan’ project'

Pakistani-Dutch project will improve potato production in the Punjab

Over 95% of potato production originates from Punjab. However, the productivity of the small-scale potato grower is affected by farmers’ approaches to farming practices and the way they tackle problems, such as pests and diseases.

That is why the ‘Capacity building of small-scale potato growers in Punjab, Pakistan’ project – led by CABI and funded by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) – was put in place. The project, which is working in partnership with the Agriculture Extension Department, Punjab, the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, the Pakistan Agriculture and Research Council (PARC) and Wageningen University & Research, has so far trained around 550 smallholder potato growers on advanced potato production.

Twenty-four demonstration and seed quality plots have been established in addition to the extensive training of trainers and support given to farmers in terms of advanced potation production – aimed at strengthening the bond among key stakeholders along the whole potato value chain.


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