Potato Varieties with High Yield Unveiled

AKP Phnom Penh, April 10, 2020 —

Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries has unveiled result of research on potato farming showing varieties with potential high yield.

The result of research, conducted by the Royal University of Agriculture, showed that varieties of potato suitable for growing in Mondulkiri province are from Ireland, Germany and Vietnam.

Each variety is able to provide yield from 13 to 15 tons per hectare, said a report issued recently, adding that the suitable growing season for the potatoes in Mondulkiri province starts from September to December each year.

Cambodia imports more than 5,000 tons of potatoes every year from Thailand, Vietnam, China, Japan, Australia and the U.S., according to the Potato Research Institute, a centre in the Royal University of Agriculture, Phnom Penh.

Studies on potato farming in Cambodia have been carried out since earlier 2017, aiming to find areas in the Kingdom suited for growing the crop.

So far, besides Mondulkiri province, the experiments of potato planting conducted by the Royal University of Agriculture, were in Pursat and Battambang provinces.

By Chea Vannak