HNARC developing pest resistant potato seed

Experts from Halhale National Agricultural Research Center reported that commendable effort are being conducted to develop pests resistant potato seed.

Mendefera, 17 January- Experts from Halhale National Agricultural Research Center reported that commendable effort are being conducted to develop pests resistant potato seed.

Indicating that developing pests, virus and fungus resistant seeds inquires strong and complicated laboratory work, Mr. Mussie Fikadu, head of bio-technology at the research center, said that 140 kilos of select potato seeds were distributed to farmers and were able to produce 110 quintals and that attests to the effort exerted.

Mr. Mussie also said that so far 10 quintals of select potato seeds have been distributed to exemplary farmers and called for proper follow up for increased production.

He also indicated that laboratory work is underway to develop virus resistant palm dates and that requires the availability of skilled human resources.

Pointing out that the objective of reproducing select seeds is to ease the challenges farmers are facing, the agricultural laboratory experts on their part expressed readiness to live up to expectations.

Established in 2015, the Halhale National Agricultural Center has put in place modern laboratory in a bid to reproduce virus resistant select potato, banana and palm date seeds.