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Schaap Holland: The quest for a sustainable potato variety

The corona virus is forcing the potato variety companies to consider a different format for the traditional variety shows this year. A number of companies opted for an event online, others have decided to postpone the shows for a year. In this series on Akkerwijzer, the potato variety companies talk about their showpiece varieties and the challenges that accompany its development. In this article, Sheep Holland reflects on “the traditional breeding work that is under pressure.”

Schaap Holland sees challenges in the rapidly changing marketplace with an increasing demand for sustainable products. As a trading house, they want to make this a reality in cooperation with other partners, says director Hans Geling. “We are looking for stable and multifunctional varieties that we can use in different markets.”

The Aromata variety, Schaap Holland’s showpiece, fits into this picture. This variety is early maturing and is widely grown by both growers in the Flevo polders in the Netherlands, as well as in Germany, says Geling. “The variety is versatile, resistant to nematodes and wart disease and does not sprout quickly in storage. The Aromata is therefore suitable for the international table market, the peeled market and seed potato cultivation. ”

Aromata works well as a table potato because it is tasty, beautifully yellow on the inside, and goes well with a variety of dishes, says Geling. “An additional advantage is that Aromata does not discolours easily, so that after peeling a beautiful potato appears that can be used in its entirety.”

Source: Full translated article by Potatoes.news here. Full article in Akkerwijzer here (Dutch language)
Photo: Schaap Holland variety show 2019 | Susan Rexwinkel

Lukie Pieterse, Editor and Publisher of Potato News Today

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