During every growing season, Rukundo said, potato is grown on between 50,000 and 60,000 hectares in Rwanda. Irish potato production in the country is estimated at 916,000 tonnes every year.
Irish potato is the third staple food crop in Rwanda after Cassava and Sweet potato based on the volume of production. In addition, it is also an important cash crop in the North-Western parts of Rwanda.True Potato Seed, officials say, are resistant to diseases, easy to transport and store. Solynta says that the technology makes it possible to commercialise new varieties in just two years instead of seven years [compared to potato tubers].
“Collaboration is critical to addressing global challenges to economic and food security.”
“This is a revolutionary innovation for potato seeds.”
“We are excited to be on the forefront of this game-changing innovation and look forward to continuing to work together and build a stronger future for Rwanda and the world.”
“This technology is still under evaluation at [RAB research] station level, not yet at farm level.”
“This research started in [farming] season 2019 C. If we find that these true seeds are promising, we will move to another step: on-farm trial.”