China: Brazilian technology to improve Chinese potato production

12 January 2009

Sao Paulo, Brazil, 12 Jan – Technology developed in Campinas, in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo, is to be applied in China to boost potato production, according to Campinas Agronomy Institute (IAC) researcher, José Alberto Caram de Souza Dias.

According to the researcher, the IAC technology for virus-free seedling/seed potato production is due to arrive in China, initially to Inner Mongolia, which is an important potato producing area.

The technical cooperation partnership is being carried out with the Agricultural Research Institute, of the city of Hulunbeir, where the IAC researcher exhibited the Brazilian-developed technology in September, 2008.

The agreement outlines, for the first time between the two countries, sending virus-free seedlings to China.

The first delivery is due as soon as the documents are processed, including authorisation for the seedlings to enter the country.

This is na experimental phase, with a view to adapting the Brazilian technology to Chinese potato production.

According to the IAC researcher, unlike the seedling, seed potatoes used in the conventional cropping system carry traces of soil on their skin and can thus disseminate diseases to potatoes and other crops in importing countries.

Potato productivity levels in China are low, with an average of 15 tonnes per hectares, as compared to 20-25 tonnes in Brazil, for example. One of the reasons for this is diseases related to seed potatoes. (macauhub)