Potatoes are in the news and developments based around this crop appeal to the imagination. We are talking about hybrid potatoes, which you can simply sow and HZPC is at the forefront of this innovative research.
The experts nevertheless warn that there is still a long way to go. Ad Vrolijk explains: “The process is still posing many questions to which we need to find an answer. It will take years before the first hybrid potatoes reach the market.''
The biggest obstacle is the yield of the hybrids, which is significantly behind that of current varieties. HZPC expects by 2021 at the earliest to have found a proven prototype, which can then be put on sale after a few years. They will start off in developing countries in Central Africa and Asia, where yields are lower than 40 tons per hectare: “You can also quickly improve production by using hybrids.''