Mozambican government approves introduction of new varieties of potato seed

6 September 2011

Lima, Peru, 6 Sept – The Mozambican government has approved the introduction of seven new varieties of potato seed into the country, which were developed with the support of the International Potato Centre, the centre said in a statement published on its website.

In the statement, the centre said that the new varieties were part of the Mozambican government’s strategy to reduce the country’s dependence on food imports, as currently the country is required to import around 2,000 tons of potato seed.

Official figures show that in the 2010/2011 agricultural campaign Mozambique produced 229,000 tons of potatoes, but consumption totalled 277,000 tons, which was a deficit of 48,000 tons.

Despite this, this deficit was far lower than the 126,000 ton deficit seen in the 2009/2010 agricultural campaign, when production totalled 138,000 tons and consumption 264,000 tons.

These new potato seed varieties were developed, according to researcher Maria Andrade, to provide a high yield, to withstand storage and to be resistant to some of the main diseases that affect the crop. (macauhub)