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Rwanda pilots ‘revolutionary’ potato seed produced by Dutch company

According to a report published by The New Times, the Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB) has started testing True Potato Seed, which are produced by Solynta, a Dutch firm that develops hybrid potatoes.

True Potato Seed (TPS) are collected from the berries or fruits of the potato plant.

One of the benefits of such seed is that as opposed to using 2,500 kilogrammes or 2.5 tonnes of perishable potato-tubers per one hectare, farmers will be able to plant only 25 grammes of seeds on the same size of land.

If adopted, the new Irish potato breeds will reduce the cost that farmers incur and increase their access to seed.  

Last month Solynta and RAB bolstered their collaboration in a bid to increase farmers’ access to hybrid potato seed.

True Potato Seed, officials say, are resistant to diseases, easy to transport and store.

Solynta says that the technology makes it possible to commercialise new varieties in just two years instead of seven years [compared to potato tubers].

Hein Kruyt, CEO of Solynta says that; “Collaboration is critical to addressing global challenges to economic and food security.”

Read the original article in The New Times here

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