Patent Announcement: Introducing the CIP-Matilde potato variety

CIP is pleased to announce that SENASA has granted in Peru on August 23, 2022, the Commercial Cultivar Registration Certificate to CIP-Matilde, under the Register No. 001-2022-MIDAGRI-SENASA-DELYC, acknowledging its uniqueness and granting certain intellectual property rights to breeders and owners.

The CIP-Matilde potato variety, a result of careful breeding by the International Potato Center (CIP) researchers, offers unique features that can enhance potato farming practices.

CIP-Matilde stands out for its resistance to late blight, a significant threat to potato crops. This resistance contributes to healthier plants and reduced yield losses. CIP-Matilde has demonstrated a potential yield of up to 60 tons per hectare in trials.

CIP-Matilde is well-suited for Peru’s central highlands, thriving at altitudes of 2500 to 4000 meters. Its adaptability to these conditions makes it a valuable option for farmers facing challenging climates. With an average vegetative period of 150 days, CIP-Matilde aligns growth with maturation effectively.

The variety also has post-harvest attributes since it maintains dry matter values between 22-27%, providing a desirable floury texture. Its flavor at harvest has been favorably received by farmers and consumers alike.

This official certification prevents unauthorized commercialization and acknowledges CIP-Matilde as a distinct creation. It safeguards breeders’ investments in research and development and facilitates legitimate marketing.

Further, SENASA’s certification underscores CIP-Matilde’s consistent quality and uniformity, assuring stakeholders of its adherence to strict standards. SENASA’s certificate also helps maintain biosecurity and agricultural integrity. It regulates new varieties’ entry into the market, curbing the spread of diseases, pests, and subpar crops.

CIP-Matilde’s introduction and SENASA’s certification mark a milestone in potato cultivation. It represents the fusion of innovation and tradition, offering the potential for improved agriculture and a more secure food future.