South Korea: ‘K-Seed Potato’ production technology exported to Africa

Published May 25, 2024

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This article marks the 200th anniversary of the introduction of potatoes to Korea and highlights the production process of seed potatoes. The process involves five stages, starting with basic species and ending with popular varieties for consumption. The use of hydroponic cultivation technology, first commercialized by Goryeongji Agricultural Research Institute, plays a crucial role in mass producing disease-free seed potatoes, increasing productivity and reducing the need for labor. Despite challenges such as climate change affecting potato production and a shift towards preferring foreign products, the Rural Development Administration is responding by developing new potato varieties. One of these, 'Golden Ball', is expected to replace the commonly grown 'Sumi' variety due to its superior taste and high temperature tolerance.
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This year marks the 200th anniversary of the introduction of potatoes to Korea. Potatoes, which grow well in poor soil and are rich in nutrients, have been loved widely as a relief crop for a long time. Even now, when food is plentiful, it is popular as an ingredient in a variety of dishes, regardless of whether it is staple food, side dishes, or snacks. Although it is a familiar crop, not many people know how it is produced. Potatoes that are propagated vegetatively are grown using seed potatoes, not seeds. On the 23rd, I visited the Goryeong Area Agricultural Research Institute of the National Institute of Crop Science of the Rural Development Administration and the Gangwon Special Self-Governing Province Potato Seed Promotion Agency to take a look at the production system of seed potatoes that have been on our tables for a long time. Edible potatoes are mainly summer potatoes that are planted in spring and harvested in summer. The cultivation period is about 100 days, but it ...
Source: Nongmin
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