Potatoes: Asia’s new rice


With rice and wheat production increasingly tough in the region, as water shortages, low-lying land, and climate change hurt output, there needs to be an alternative to Asia’s cereal-based diets. Peru-headquartered CIP has developed new potato varieties with traits for resistance to biotic and abiotic stress and short growing seasons of 70-80 days in subtropical climates and 90-100 days in temperate ones. Collaborative research on the early-maturing potato will explore sustainable cultivation practices and the environmental impact of introducing the potato in Asian cereal-based cropping systems. CIP is already involved in trials in Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, India and Bangladesh.

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