LA TRINIDAD, Benguet: Imported potato varieties grown here that are ideal for chips and fries appear to be a big hit in northern towns.
Provincial Agriculturist Lolita Bentres said the Calwhite, Chero–kee, and Conestog varieties were well-received by residents at the end of the five-year experimental period where potatoes from New Brunswick, Canada were grown.
Governor Nestor Fongwan believes imported processing varieties have a great potential even if this would only benefit the potato industry.
In 2008, the provincial government decided to test four imported potato varieties in different agro-climatic conditions and locations. These were grown initially at the Buguias Seed Farm and tested in Kibungan, Atok and Mankayan.
At the end of the trial, three varieties showed good results and passed tests for bacterial and pest susceptibility.
Because of this, Fongwan said potato chips maker Liwayway Marketing Corporation is currently evaluating test results. If all goes well, local farmers will have a field day meeting the demand for the said potatoes.