Rwanda Starts Trialing Solynta-developed Potato Seeds
The Rwanda Agriculture and Animal Resources Development Board (RAB) has started testing true potato seeds, which are produced by Dutch firm Solynta.
The two institutions have recently expanded their collaboration to bring the combination of true potato seeds and hybrids to local farmers.
True potato seeds allow for the replacement of bulky seed tubers with clean, easy to transport and store seed. Instead of using 2,500 kilos of perishable potato-tubers farmers will be able to use only 25 grams of true potato seed to plant the same area.
The application of hybrid potato will allow for a much faster breeding process thus enabling the introduction of beneficial traits including disease resistance which will result in reduced usage of herbicide and pesticides.
The collaboration is based o a Memorandum of Understanding designed to promote their mutual interest in providing Rwandan farmers access to hybrid potato seeds.
“Solynta is excited to collaborate with RAB to identify the Solynta potato hybrids that will best improve farmer productivity in Rwanda,” explained Hein Kruyt CEO at Solynta.
The NL Agricultural Office Rwanda and Uganda played a key role in facilitating the collaboration between Solynta and RAB. The goals of increasing access to technology through public private collaboration to support sustainable agriculture and stable food supply are shared among all parties.