BRINGING PROSPERITY TO POTATO GROWERS THROUGH TRUE POTATO SEED (TPS) CULTIVATION: A CASE OF KHOWAI DISTRICT OF TRIPURA
The major constraints of potato production in Tripura are non availability of quality seed tuber, incidence of potato diseases mainly late blight and viruses etc. TPS could be an alternative technology to increase productivity and reduce the cost of potato production. TPS in place of traditional seed tubers offer several advantages. Only 100 g TPS is needed for one ha as compared to nearly 2-2.5 tones of seed tubers required to plant the same area. Raising potato crops through TPS has been found to be highly remunerative to the potato growers. Farmers are not getting optimum assured profit due to lack of sufficient knowledge with respect to plant protection measures. It is utmost necessary to guide the TPS growers through continuous training on plant protection measures to get optimum yield per unit area by effective management against pests and diseases.
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