Over the past few years, sweetpotato production has undergone a fundamental transformation in Orissa, India. There has been a significant amount of interest in cultivating sweetpotato from farming sectors to commercial growers. The International Potato Center (CIP) through its liaison office in Bhubaneswar, Orissa has contributed to sweetpotato improvement in Orissa in both research and development, combining efforts with potential partners, including government and non-government agencies. Increased consumption of sweetpotato in the recent past has focused attention on improving value and production. But there has been a constant threat to and decline in sweetpotato area in Orissa; although production has marginally increased, productivity has remained at around 8.5 t / ha , lagging substantially behind the average productivity of other large sweetpotato growing states, including Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. To improve productivity, several efforts are underway through crop improvement, crop management, and post-harvest utilization both by research organizations and extensions agencies. Keeping in view these current trends and interests, a workshop and training program was conducted on sweetpotato production and utilization at two Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) institutes, the Directorate of Research on Women in Agriculture (DRWA) and the Regional Centre of the Central Tuber Crops Research Institute (CTCRI), on 17-18 March 2010.
Subjects: Crop Management
Publisher: International Potato Center
Publication Date: 2010
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HOW TO CITE
Attaluri, S., Janardhan, K. V., Light, A., ed. 2010. Sustainable sweetpotato production and utilization in Orissa, India. Proceedings of a workshop and training held in Bhubaneswar, Orissa, India, 17-18 Mar 2010. Bhubaneswar, India. International Potato Center (CIP).