Pakistan: Aeroponics technology to boost potato production

Pakistan and Russia are working jointly on seed potato production through Aeroponics technology, and 2nd crop is ready to harvest at PARC-National Agricultural Research Centre in Islamabad, a statement said on Saturday.

Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) and Korean Program on International Agriculture (KOPIA) held a media briefing on ‘Progress and Future Plan for Seed Potato Production through Aeroponics technology’: a joint project between KOPIA and PARC.

PARC and KOPIA are collaborating on a project for an Aeroponic potato seed production system, with the goal of achieving higher productivity, reducing post-harvest losses, promoting farm-level processing, developing human resources, and creating significant job opportunities.

Potato is one of the major cash crops of the country, and in 2022 it was cultivated on an area of 313,000 hectares with a total production of 7937,000 tonnes. Potato seed in Pakistan is mainly imported from Holland, which is not only expensive but also of the fifth generation or above.


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