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Plant Certified Potato Seed For Best Yields

The potato seed you use will determine whether you harvest a good potato crop or not. Seed is the most important input for a farmer. Seed quality affects the performance of the crop and eventually the yield. The choice of potato seed can affect your production with margins of over 50 percent. You will get a healthier potato crop and more yield if you use certified seed potato. Planting certified potato seed doubles or even triples yields. Most farmers are still using old seed that has been planted for very many generations. These old seeds mostly transfer disease, have lost strength, and are very likely to become diseased and produce very poor yield. Certified seed on the other hand are produced from virgin propagation material under very strict agronomic conditions.

The advantages of using certified potato seed include;

  1. Better yield, pest/disease resistance and drought tolerance. Certified seeds are a product of many years of research and development combined with excellent agronomic practices. Certified seeds have good attributes, are healthy, strong and well adapted for different agro ecological zones.
  2. Seed potato is disease free since regular inspections are done in the seed potato fields by well-trained government officials.
  3. Seed potato production is traceable and hence brings accountability.
  4. Seed potato maintains the value traits of the crop. Many good traits of a potato variety can be gotten in certified potato seed.
  5. Certified seed potato compliments your good agronomic practices making sure you get the most from your inputs, it saves cost of inputs since disease and pest incidence is lower.

You can plant two to three generations from the certified seed potato before getting fresh certified seeds. Farmers can also buy certified seed potato in groups to share costs.

For more information, contact Michael @ 0706824450

Source: NPCK

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Written by KENNETH-ODHIAMBO

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