The yield of the potato crop in the Andean countries is low, and a major cause is the seed degeneration. To solve this problem, those countries created seed certification programs. But its implementation has not delivered the expected results. So, the current seed systems need important changes to improve both the competitiveness and income of small farmers. The following article describes five successful experiences in Ecuador, Peru, Chile, and Argentina.
Small-scale farmers in developing countries use the potatoes harvested on their farm as potato seed. Or those obtained from neighbors or local markets. But this material usually has pests and diseases which accumulate from one cycle to another. And that often diminish the crop yields. Researchers have known this process as seed degeneration. A recent… Continue reading How to increase potato production using simple techniques (or how to manage potato seed health)