Growing of Imported Potato Varieties Tested

Cambodia has been testing the planting of potato varieties from other countries in Mondulkiri – a mountainous, red-dirt northeastern province usually with lower temperature, according to local media report.

In collaboration with Korea Project on International Agriculture (KOPIA), Cambodia’s Royal University of Agriculture and Department of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries are working on the testing.

As cited in the source, the Head of Mondulkiri Provincial Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Mr. Song Kheang said that 11 varieties of potato from Germany, Korea and Vietnam have been selected for the testing.

Though decision is not specifically made, the team planned to expand the testing of imported potato varieties in other provinces, he said, affirming that the quality of locally grown potatoes is not different from the imported ones and the yield is about 12 to 15 tons per hectares.

Domestic cultivation of vegetables still cannot meet the increasing demand, leading to imports from neighboring countries. The initiative is thereby expected to contribute to addressing the issue.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press