To boost potato cultivation in the Doaba region, the Punjab government has decided to set up a potato centre of excellence at Dhogri village in the district in collaboration with The Netherlands. The centre, which the government claims will be ready, in a few months will be developed under the aegis of the Indo-Dutch joint agriculture workgroup at around 24 acres at a cost of Rs 7.85 crore.
At the centre, farmers can avail facilities including tissue-culture, agronomics, net houses, cold store, laboratory for routine tests, drip fustigation, solar pumps, planting machines, grading and packing equipment for better growth of potato and better quality seeds would be provided.
Jalandhar deputy commissioner KK Yadav said the centre was being developed by the state government to be able to produce productivity of potato farming and provide better storage.
"We will start spreading awareness across the region about this centre so that the maximum number of farmers can avail the benefit of services offered by the centre after after completion of this project, which is expected to be completed soon," Yadav added.