Bengaluru-based potato seeds firm Utkal Tubers India plans to ramp up its annual production to 50,000 tons of high-yielding, disease-resistant seed potatoes across Gujarat, Assam, Punjab, UP, Haryana and Karnataka over the next three years.
In 2019, Utkal produced 4,800 tons of high-yielding disease-resistant potato seeds across 450 acres of farmland in India. The company now plans to increase the production by investing in research and development, introducing new high-quality varieties of seeds and utilizing technology advancements like cocopeat and aeroponics technologies for seed multiplication.
Potato yields in India are only half the global average with over a million farmers engaged in potato farming in the country. Utkalâ€™s sustainable farming practices will help improve potato production efficiencies in India and help thousands of potato farmers by 2022.
Mr. Marcel de Sousa, IPM Director said, â€œWe believe Utkal is well positioned to transform the potato value chain in India. The company has demonstrated its capabilities through robust growth in operations and successful production of seed potatoes in non-traditional regions. The introduction of new potato varieties will add value for the farmer through improved yields and better resistance to drought and disease.