22 July 2015

50 years of Potato Research in India 1.4.1985

The potato The King of Vegetables, as far as I am concerned. I love it in any formJ), is a native of the Andean tropical highlands of South America, from where it was taken to Europe in the sixteenth century by the Spanish conquistadors. Within the next 50 years it appears to have been brought to India by the Portuguese, or perhaps the Spanish. In an account of the travels through India during (1615-1617) Edward Terry Chaplin to Sir Thomas Roe, Ambassador of the East India Company to the Mughal Court, states that he found potato grown "everywhere............ in the northern most parts of the Empire". I wonder what the world would have done without the Potato!

Realising the potential of potato in this country, the Government of India established the Central Potato Research Institute (CPRI) in 1949, with Patna as its headquarters. In 1956, the headquarters were shifted to Simla. At present, potato research and development in the country is carried out by the CPRI and its 12 Research Stations located in different parts of India and The All India Coordinated Potato Improvement Project (AICPIP), begun by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research in 1972.

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