ACI Seed has launched two promising potato varieties – Valencia and Cartagena, which are originally from the Netherlands, after multiple trials and demonstrations in the most cultivated areas of the country. It is getting a significant response from the dealers, retailers and farmers from Bogra, Rajshahi, Joypurhat, Rangpur, Kurigram, Nilphamari, Dinajpur and Thakurgaon.
Valencia is a very promising variety with an average yield of 39 MT per hectare i.e. 38% more than the most popular variety – Diamant in Bangladesh. The average weight is 80 gm with about 70% tubers. It can be used as table as well as industrial potato. The dry matter percentage is about 21%. Valencia is a late blight and scab resistance variety. The harvesting duration is 80-85 days which is 5-10 days earlier than the regular varieties in our country. It can be stored 70-75 days in normal temperature. The processing loss is less than 2%.
Cartagena is another auspicious potato variety of ACI Seed with average yield of 43 MT per hectare which is 40% more than Asterix. The skin color of the variety is very attractive. The processing loss of the variety is less than 1.5%. Cartagena is a late blight & scab resistance variety. It can be stored 70-75 days in normal temperature. The dry matter percentage is about 19%.