‘Around the world, there is an increasing demand for professionally, successfully and sustainably cultivated potatoes. Thanks to changing climatic conditions, world population growth and changing consumer demands, it’s becoming more important than ever to continue research and breeding work’, Agrico explains.
‘A large part of this increased demand for potatoes will have to be met by innovations in plant breeding. Besides increasing acreage, today’s goal is also to minimize input (water, nitrogen, crop protection products) while maximizing output (crop return). To make the breeding process more efficient and to accelerate the development of new varieties, Agrico Research is continuously improving the breeding program. Developments in the field of molecular genetics are rapid. Agrico Research uses the latest insights into genetics and continuously casts a critical eye over the available breeding techniques.’
Every year Agrico selects a number of varieties that warrant extra attention. ‘These ‘spotlight varieties’ are young, innovative varieties that are currently taking the market by storm. This year, Agrico’s spotlight varieties are Jacky and Lugano.’
‘Jacky is characterized by its beautiful small tubers and the very high tuber number per plant. It has a strong late blight resistance in foliage and tuber and is therefore part of Agrico’s Next Generation portfolio. Jacky is an important variety for the future and will offer great added value in both cultivation and on the consumers plate.’
‘Lugano has large tubers, good processing properties and a broad nematode resistance. It also has good dormancy and storability. This makes Lugano very successful in the French fries industry and the traditional markets’, Douwe Werkman, Product Manager shares his knowledge.
‘This year’s Variety and Seedling Show, a special edition celebrating Agrico’s 50th anniversary and our shared impact all over the world! With more than 50 reasons to attend, don’t miss the chance to explore our innovative potato varieties and network with likeminded people from all over the world.’
In November, companies participating in the Potato Variety Days put the spotlight on their potato varieties of the future. Learn all the ins and outs of this year’s event in our special e-book, including need-to-know information and an up-to-date list of participating companies to help you plan your visit. Download your own e-book with the full programme here.
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