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Potato farmers in the Philippines double yields with seed from Canada

Potato farmers in Benguet reported double yield when planting imported potato seeds from Canada, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said.

According to a report from Business World, “farmers reported during the harvest festival that they harvested an average of 20 metric tons which at only P30 per kilo could easily earn them P600,000 in just three months and 10 days,” Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol said in a social media post on Tuesday, referring to the Potato Harvest Festival in Buguias, Benguet.

The seed variety was introduced through the Potato Development Program of the DA in partnership with Universal Robina Corp. (URC).

“URC President Lance (Y.) Gokongwei came to the Office of the Secretary of the DA two years ago to request for assistance in importing the chipping potato variety which local farmers do not grow,” Mr. Piñol said.

URC brought in 100 metric tons of G-3 potato planting materials from Prince Edward Island in Canada. These were distributed in March this year to farmers.

Read the full report on Business World here

Photo: Dr Peter Vanderzaag, Ontario, Canada

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