Training and Technical Assistance for Seed Production of Native Potatoes in Perú
Rainer Zachmann1, Máximo Contreras Lobato2
1Ex-CGIAR (CIP, IITA), Phytopathology, Training, Communication, Peru
In the Andes of Peru, farmers grow hundreds of varieties of native potatoes, both for their own use and for the markets. The native varieties have an inestimable genetic value. The demand for native potatoes is increasing, but productivity is low. This is mainly due to lack of quality seed. Diaconía (www.diaconiaperu.org), a social work of the Lutheran Church in Peru, provides assistance in the cultivation of native potatoes for producer associations in the Peruvian Andes in the Provincia de Huamalíes, Departmento de Huánuco, at ~ 4000 m altitude.
Keywords: Farmer training, Peru
Contact Address: Rainer Zachmann, Ex-CGIAR (CIP, IITA), Phytopathology, Training, Communication, Malecón Grau 315 / Kapellenstrasse 28, Lima 18, Perú / 89079 Ulm, Germany, Peru, e-mail: rainerzachmannhotmail.com