Cultivation/Production, Trends

India: Potato acreage seen crossing 2 million hectares

Favourable winter temperature is set to boost potato cultivation in the country this year. But experts have cautioned against the looming threat of late blight disease in the tuber mainly in the North, thereby hurting the yield. Potato acreage, which touched 2 million hectares last year, is likely to rise further on the good rainfall in the growing regions and favourable temperature. But a sharp drop in temperature along with fog, is feared to provide a favourable condition for the late blight disease to attack the crop. “We expect acreage to be slightly higher by 10 per cent over last year. Temperature has been favourable so far. But we are just half-way to the sowing and there is a threat of late blight attack if the temperature further slips lower. So, even if the sowing would increase, the yield may be affected due to the disease,” VK Dua, Head, Crop Production, Central Potato Research Institute, Shimla told BusinessLine. More

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