37TH Annual Group Meeting of Potato organized

3 - 4 September, 2019, Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh

37TH Annual Group Meeting of Potato organizedThe ICAR-All India Coordinated Research Project on Potato organized the 37TH Annual Group Meeting at Jawaharlal Nehru Krishi Vishwa Vidyalaya (JNKVV), Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh) from 3rd to 4th September, 2019.

The Chief Guest, Dr. S.M. Paul Khurana, Former Vice-Chancellor, Rani Durgavati Vishwa Vidyalaya, Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh) highlighted the qualities of potato as the wholesome food that have made it an essential part of the diet in Indian kitchen.

The Guest of Honor, Dr. T. Janakiram, Assistant Director General (Horticulture Science-I), ICAR emphasized on the importance of reducing the transportation losses, production of quality planting materials and development of dual purpose varieties both for the domestic and the export purposes.

The Guest of Honor, Dr. P.K. Mishra, Director (Research), JNKVV, Jabalpur outlined about the tremendous growth of potato in Madhya Pradesh. He also underlined about the increase in production of potato by more than two-fold during last one decade.

Prof. Pardeep Kumar Bisen, Vice-Chancellor, JNKVV briefed about the history of the vegetable - potato from the Mughal Era. He emphasized on the constant research and development efforts post-independence that have made India the second largest producer of potato in the world.

Dr. S.K. Chakrabarti, Director & Project Coordinator (Potato), ICAR-Central Potato Research Institute, Shimla highlighted the Institute’s and ICAR-AICRP on Potato’s role for the phenomenal growth in potato productivity across the nation.

Dr. Pritam Kalia, Former Head, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi also marked his presence as the Guest of Honor on the occasion.

During the Meeting, two advanced hybrids were recommended for release as new varieties for different regions.

The Hybrid MP/06-39, a dual purpose hybrid for processing to French Fries & Table Potatoes was recommended for releasing in the central plains for both table & processing purposes and in the Northern Plains for table purposes.

Another hybrid, MP/01-916, was recommended for releasing in Karnataka, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat states for processing potatoes to chips.

In order to implement at the regional level, 8 recommendations in Crop Production and 5 in Crop Protection were made during the Annual Group Meeting.

The Delegates from Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Central Potato Research Institute, State Agriculture Universities and representatives from Industries attended the meeting.

(Source: ICAR-All India Coordinated Research Project on Potato, Shimla)