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International Potato Variety Days 2023

March 2024

Stricter customer demands require accelerated adjustments in breeding

Customers in the international potato sector are increasingly tightening their requirements. Current terms such as regenerative agriculture and bio­diversity are now being used, partly under the influence of a critically watchful society. One of the consequences of this is that crop protection chemicals and fertilisers will be drastically reduced. Various chain parties would like to see these present-day wishes translated into new varie­ties in order to meet the needs of their customers. During the recently held Potato Variety Days in the Netherlands, we therefore asked all potato breeding companies the following question: How do you respond to these demands and what are the most important characteristics that you will then select for your breeding programme?

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