Development of adapted varieties
Water scarcity is one of the threats standing in the way of producing sufficient amounts of food. The potato as a crop - and various HZPC varieties in particular - produce a great deal of healthy basic food in a short period with relatively little water. Potatoes require significantly less water than food crops like corn, wheat and rice. [Link to water footprint table] This is why governments in different countries are promoting the cultivation of potatoes.
The development of new varieties for cultivation under difficult conditions (periods of heat or drought, saline soil or poor agricultural soil) is key in our breeding strategy. We also consider knowledge sharing to further optimise the cultivation of potatoes to be an important contribution, on HZPC's part, to the growing need for healthy food and responsible cultivation.