Parveen Arora of the Tribune News Service reports that the Potato Technology Centre (PTC) at Shamgarh in Karnal with the help of Central Potato Research Institute (CPRI), Shimla, is going to start work on a research project for producing potato in air by the aeroponics technique.
Aeroponics is a process of growing potato in air or mist environment without soil and other growing media.It is a Rs 6-crore project and the budget for it has already been sanctioned. The PTC will call tenders for it once the model code of conduct ends.
“We will set up three units of aeroponics seed production to produce short-duration and climate-resilient potato varieties. The trial for it will be started by the end of September,” said Dr Satyender Yadav, deputy director, PTC.
“We have also signed an MoU with International Potato Centre (CIP), Peru, for assistance in the project and for providing new advanced heat-tolerant varieties, high dry matter and short-duration varieties,” he said.