Peru's International Potato Center to Establish Regional Hub in India

The International Potato Center is establishing a $20M regional center in India to develop climate-resilient and disease-resistant potato and sweet potato varieties, benefiting South Asian farmers.

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Peru's International Potato Center to Establish Regional Hub in India

Peru's International Potato Center to Establish Regional Hub in India

The Peru-based International Potato Center (CIP) is set to establish a new regional center, the CIP-South Asia Regional Centre (CIP-SARC), in Agra, India. The proposed center will serve potato farmers in India and other South Asian countries, with a focus on developing climate-resilient and disease-resistant potato and sweet potato varieties suitable for processing.

The project is estimated to cost $20 million, with India contributing $13 million and the remainder financed by CIP. The Uttar Pradesh government has pledged to allocate 10 hectares of land for the center. CIP-SARC aims to leverage global scientific expertise, an extensive innovation network, and genetic resources to advance agricultural research in the region.

India is the world's second-largest producer of potatoes after China, and the new center will benefit farmers in major potato-growing states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, and West Bengal. The proposal to set up the CIP-SARC is on the 100-day agenda of the Indian Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers' Welfare.

Why this matters: The establishment of CIP-SARC in India is anticipated to strengthen the country's agricultural research landscape, particularly in the domain of tuber crops. The center's focus on developing climate-resilient and disease-free potato and sweet potato varieties could help improve food security and support the livelihoods of farmers in the region.

The establishment of CIP-SARC in India comes after the successful launch of a regional center of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in Varanasi in 2017. "This will be the second major international agricultural research institute in India, after the establishment of the International Rice Research Institute's (IRRI) regional center in Varanasi in 2017," according to the Indian Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers' Welfare.

Key Takeaways

  • CIP to establish new regional center CIP-SARC in Agra, India, costing $20M.
  • CIP-SARC to develop climate-resilient, disease-resistant potato and sweet potato varieties.
  • India is world's 2nd largest potato producer, to benefit from the new center.
  • CIP-SARC aims to leverage global expertise to advance agricultural research in the region.
  • CIP-SARC is India's 2nd major international agricultural research institute after IRRI's Varanasi center.