Potato Seed Production Technology in Southeast Asia – with special focus on Vietnam and Philippines
Consumption of potatoes and potato products are growing rapidly in Southeast Asia and this increase presents significant opportunities for improved potato production and use of technologies in this part of the world to address poverty, food security, and environmental degradation.
The market for fresh consumption of potatoes is expanding in most of Asia in response to income growth and urbanization. However, potatoes are a high input, high risk crop for farmers due to risk of disease or climatic stressors like drought and typhoons. In Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam, small farms predominate and production is very labor intensive. Potato production in these countries is commercially oriented with more than 80 percent of the harvested crop being sold.
The greatest barrier between farmers and increased production is the high price of seed, the low quality of available seed, and the lack of a strong system to provide seed in a timely manner. Potato seed sector development is thus a major concern of governments, researchers, development agencies, and civil society organizations.
Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam import certified seeds, but the Philippines severely restrict the importation of potato tubers because of phytosanitary concerns. Efforts to implement formal seed systems in low-income countries have been largely unsuccessful; consequently, most resource-poor potato farmers source their seed through informal systems.
The objective of this webinar is to provide a forum for discussion on the potato seed production technologies in Southeast Asia with special focus on Philippines and Vietnam. Among the topics to be covered, we will discuss…
- The changing demand for potato seeds in the region;
- The current potato seed production technologies in practice;
- The role of women and youth in the potato seed supply chain; and
- Ways to upgrade the seed supply chain and make it affordable to farmers.
DR. SAMPITRI BARUAH
Project Coordinator, CIP Asia
DR. REYNALDO V. EBORA
Executive Director, DOST-PCAARD
DR. SAMARENDU MOHANTY
Regional Director, CIP Asia
MS. CYNTHIA G. KISWA
Director, Northern Philippines Root Crops Research and Training Center Benguet State University (NPRCRTC-BSU)
DR. CHIEN DAO HUY
DR. ALLAN B. SIANO
Officer in Charge, Crops Research Division DOST-PCAARRD
DR. PETER VANDER ZAAG
Director, World Potato Congress
President, Sunrise Potato Systems Institute
Welcome and introductions
Dr. Sampriti Baruah, CIP
Dr. Samarendu Mohanty, CIP
Dr. Reynaldo V. Ebora, DOST-PCAARRD
Overview on the status and demand of the potato seeds in Southeast Asia: opportunities and challenges
Dr. Peter Vander Zaag, WPC and SPSI
Introduction of the panel
Status and availability of current potato seed production technologies in Philippines
Ms. Cynthia G. Kiswa, NPRCRTC-BSU
Status and availability of current potato seed production technologies in Vietnam
Dr. Chien Dao Huy, CIP-Vietnam
Questions & Answers
Moderator and panel
Synthesis of presentations and reflections
Dr. Allan B. Siano, DOST-PCAARRD