Agro-techniques for producing a potato crop from True Potato Seed (TPS)

Potato is a high input crop and is traditionally cultivated through seed tubers. About 40-50% of the total cost of production is needed to procure seed tubers. Constraints of poor availability of high-quality seed tubers in adequate quantity and at a reasonable cost, inadequate availability of important inputs like fertilizers, pesticides etc., coupled with a lack of knowledge of improved technologies for potato production as well as inadequate facilities for storing seed potatoes are some of the major reasons for poor potato crop productivity. It is in this context that TPS (True Potato Seed) technology assumes potential as an alternative method of potato production that is scientifically sound, technically feasible, economically viable, and eco-friendly to generate low-cost and high-quality planting material. More