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Argentina: Seed of first PVY resistant potato will go on sale next year

After 20 years of biotechnological research, the seed of the first potato that is resistant to the PVY virus in Argentina will go on sale next year. Its productive and economic benefits are estimated at 45 million dollars per year in the Argentine market alone.

This potato is an achievement of Tecnoplant, of the Sidus group. On August 8, this new potato variety got all the phytosanitary approvals it required and yesterday it was officially launched at la Rural with the presence of Government officials, scientists, and entrepreneurs of the agro-industry.

“The Spunta TICAR potato is the culmination of a long process and the achievement of the country’s first plant biotechnology event. We arrived first and that implies we have to continue working to contribute solutions to the sector,” said Marcelo Argüelles, the president of the Sidus group, who was accompanied by the Minister of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation, and the Minister of Agro-industry, Lino Barañao and Luis Miguel Etchevehere, respectively.

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