Netherlands keen to help Pakistan grow salt-tolerant potatoes

Growing salt-tolerant potatoes in PakistanThe Netherlands is exploring the possibility of starting a programme to grow salt-tolerant potatoes in Pakistan. Ambassador of the Netherlands Jeannette Seppen met Minister for National Food Sec­u­rity and Research Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan on Thursday and discussed a project which would provide Pakistani potato farmers access to quality Dutch seeds, particularly the high yield ‘paramount’ variety. Mr Bosan informed the envoy that Pakistan was interested in acquiring Dutch technology and collaborating to produce certified potato seeds. Experiments in Pakistan show that it is feasible to cultivate potatoes in saline conditions. In Depalpur, Punjab, the first-ever yield of salt-resistant potatoes was experimented in 2015 under a joint project of Dutch agricultural innovation and Pakistani entrepreneurs. More