The project tackles the constraints related to potato production in Bhutan and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), rehabilitates seed-producing facilities, introduces improved methods for the production of quality seeds, and identifies post-harvest storage and handling technologies suitable to the local climate and economic conditions. By removing these barriers to potato production, potato yields and planted areas will  increase. In the DPRK, the resulting increase in potato production is expected to make a significant contribution to improved nutrition and food security. Attention will also be paid to problems of potato storage, which significantly affect the availability of potatoes at present. In Bhutan the increased efficiency of the potato sector would improve the incomes of potato producers and provide new export opportunities to Northern and Eastern India. It would also achieve the sustained rehabilitation of available national seed systems to complement the national development programmes.

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