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Farmers in Bengal trained to produce their own potato seed

In an effort towards making farmers produce potato seeds on their own and use them for cultivation, the West Bengal Agro Industries Corporation Ltd (WBAICL) is providing training to farmers at Simlapal in Bankura district of Bengal. The move by the state is aimed at stopping import of potato seed from Punjab, which is often of inferior quality. “We have to import potato seeds from Punjab and as they are not certified, there are often complaints over quality of the seed. We are empowering the farmers to produce certified seed on their own, which will stop them from importing seeds from Punjab. Once they learn to produce seed on their own and use it for the cultivation of potatoes, the production cost will naturally come down,” said Subhasis Batabyal, vice-chairman of WBAICL. The state is procuring breeder seed of good quality from West Bengal Comprehensive Area Development Corporation (WBCADC). More

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