This type of potato, called Vietnam PO-7, was developed in January 2016 by a team of researchers from the Korea International Agricultural Program (KOPIA) Cambodia Center and the Royal Agricultural University (RUA).
After conducting some pilot experiments last year, the team finally received a reward this October for a batch planted on a farm in the city of Senmonorom in northern Mondulkiri Province, Cambodia. On February 3, about 95 days after the seedlings were planted, the team harvested the first 5,400 kg of uniformly shaped potatoes in the area.
Cambodia has tried to grow potatoes locally, but due to factors such as climate and soil quality, it has had to rely on imports from neighboring countries such as Vietnam. About 2,400 tonnes of potatoes are imported each year to meet local demand. To address this issue, the KOPIA Cambodia Center and RUA established a joint network in 2016 to design seed potatoes that are better suited to Cambodia’s agricultural environment. Their research will continue until the end of 2018 and will be funded by the KOPIA Cambodia Center for approximately US $ 120,000.
“The first test harvest planted in the Mondulkiri region produced about 18 tonnes of potatoes per hectare, which surprised many of the locals,” said the director of the KOPIA Cambodia Center in Van Jinki. Told. “Our center will continue to work with RUA to provide training and share resources on agricultural technology.”