the agriculture-Jahad deputy minister and CEO of CORC declared that Iran, by
producing more than 5000000 tones potato, ranks among 13 top countries.
Up to 2004,
annually 2000 seed potato was imported from European countries which impose a
high cost on the national revenue since it demanded about 4 million US$.
Economic dependency, as well as food insecurity because of quarantine diseases,
was the bad consequences of such importing, Shirzad implied.
the outstanding leaps of developing
countries on potato production from
2005,the deputy minister stated that
during the 90s decade ,European countries, North American countries and the
Soviet Union were the significant potato
producer and consumer, notwithstanding ,based on the FAO survey, the increasing demand for potato has led to
fetch the potato production from 30 million tons in the 60s decade to 165
million tons in 2007 by Asian African and Latin American countries. Producing 99 million tones and 49 million
tons annually, China and India stand at the global big potato producers,
respectively, meanwhile, the FAO reports says that, having more than 160000
hectares of potato farms, Iran is ranked among 13 global potato producers.
project of the potato seed production, the official reminded that production of
the safe seed by using modern biotechnological methods is an ever-increasing
endeavor made by the rural production cooperatives. About 68 tones of the seed
potato varieties including Agria, Jelly, Sante, Burren, Banba and 280000 mini
tubers has produced and graded in a project run by the joint venture between
Hormozabad and Golpaygan RPCs in about 7 hectares in Isfahan.
" Central union
of the rural production cooperatives (CURPC), has succeeded to produce more than 48 tones of potato seed
of Jelly, Banba, and Sante varieties in
Eghlid in Fars province and Isfahan, consequently CORC and the affiliated
unions of the rural and agricultural cooperatives have been succeeded to supply the major of seed potato
nationwide which brings about national self-sufficiency as well as exchange saving" ,Shirzad added.