Peru Agriculture ministry carries out study on certified potato seeds

Peru’s ministry of Agriculture (Minag) is carrying out a study on the production of certified potato seeds in ten departments of the country with the aim of developing strategies to obtain a better quality tuber, reported today Miguel Quevedo, member of the General Management of Agricultural Promotion.

He said that the study is being effectuated by a private company in the departments of Cajamarca, La Libertad, Huánuco, Pasco, Junín, Huancavelica, Ayacucho, Apurímac, Cusco and Puno.

“The objective is to evaluate the seed system because it is not working as it was expected; this is the reason why we want to improve the used infrastructure in order to better the seeds”, he said to Andina news agency.

Quevedo stated that the study is focused on evaluating the infrastructure used to obtain the certified seed such as the laboratories of tissues’ cultivation for the cleaning of plagues and diseases, greenhouses, thermotherapy chambers, among others.

He indicated that these infrastructures are installed in universities, municipalities, production companies, and institutes supported by the Government.

Quevedo also said that in a first stage there would be a revision of existent literature on seeds, then an infrastructure evaluation would be carried out, and finally participative workshops would be organized in the different departments to boost the use of certified seeds.

News soruce: ANDINA