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PotatoesBP1

A medium to early maturing variety, 14-15 weeks. Is the earliest commercial variety available on the market. Haulms are upright with dense foliage. Abundant blue heliotrope flowers and under favourable conditions gives a few berries. Tubers are white skinned and white fleshed, oval, smooth with shallow eyes and are of excellent quality. Medium sprouting habit. Good yielder, both in summer and winter and in all regions of the country. Moderately tolerant to late blight.

Pimpernel

It is the the country's first choice processing variety. Pimpernel is a late maturing variety, 17-19 weeks. Haulms are upright with a red tint. Gives a few purple flowers, and under favourable conditions a few berries. Has red skinned and yellow-fleshed tubers. Tubers are oval, small to medium with deep eyes. Has moderate tolerance to late blight and is fairly tolerant to viral diseases. Yields not very high, but has outstanding processing characteristics. The variety is normally grown under contract with processing companies.

Amethyst

Presently the most widely grown potato variety in the country. It is a late maturing potato variety (17 to 19 weeks). Upright haulms with a dense canopy. Leaves are numerous, small and dark green. Has got abundant purple flowers and under favourable conditions gives a lot of berries. It has a high level of tolerance to late blight. Tubers are white skinned and white fleshed, flat oval with shallow eyes and rough skin. Sprouting is quick. A consistent high yielder in both summer and irrigated plantings. The variety performs well in all regions.

Garnet

It is a late maturing variety, 17-19 weeks. It has thin tall haulms with narrow leaves and white flowers. Tubers are round and medium sized. The variety is white skinned and yellow fleshed. Has high tolerance to late blight. Garnet combines high yield and good crisping qualities Garnet is a good yielder recommended for production under both rain fed and irrigated plantings.

Jasper

It is a late maturing variety with vigorous growth and upright haulms. It has some tolerance to late blight and frost. It has white skinned and white fleshed round to oval tubers with shallow eyes. The skin has some slight surface roughness but the tubers have a good appearance. Sprouting is medium Jasper is a high yielder especially as an irrigated winter or spring crop.

Diamond

Diamond is a medium to early maturing variety. The variety combines good tuber distribution, high yields and early maturity. It has a vigorous growth and an open canopy. The variety has moderate field tolerance to early and late blight. Diamond is expected to complement BP1. Variety development is a continuous process and growers are encouraged to obtain an updated list of varieties from The Seed Potato Association or the Crop Breeding Institute of Ministry of Agriculture. A medium to early maturing variety, 14-15 weeks. Is the earliest commercial variety available on the market. Haulms are upright with dense foliage. Abundant blue heliotrope flowers and under favourable conditions gives a few berries. Tubers are white skinned and white fleshed, oval, smooth with shallow eyes and are of excellent quality. Medium sprouting habit. Good yielder, both in summer and winter and in all regions of the country. Moderately tolerant to late blight.


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