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New Delhi [India], Jan 27 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be addressing the 3rd Global Potato Conclave at Gandhinagar, Gujarat via remote video conferencing on Tuesday.

A press release from the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said, "Prime Minister is expected to take an overall view of the achievements and opportunities in the area of potato research, trade and industry, and value chain management and set a roadmap for the decade."The present conclave is the third in the series. In a gap of every ten years, it is necessary to work out the achievements in the potato sector and set a roadmap for the forthcoming decade. In this direction, during the last two decades two Global Potato Conferences were organized during 1999, and 2008.

The Conclave will provide an opportunity to bring all stakeholders at one common platform so that all the issues are discussed and future plans are made involving everyone related to the potato sector. This will be a unique event to expose different stakeholders of the country to the frontiers of knowledge and innovations in potato research.

The press release further said, "Gujarat is one of the leading producers of Potato in the country. In the last eleven years alone, while the area under potato in India, has increased by 19 per cent, it has increased by about 170 per cent in Gujarat (49.7 thousand ha in 2006-07 to 133 thousand ha in 2017-18).""With a productivity of more than 30t/ha, Gujarat is holding the No. 1 position in India for last one decade. The State uses modern methods of agriculture like sprinkler and drip irrigation for cultivation," the press release said.

The state also has the best of the cold storage facilities and linkages and is a hub for major potato processing industries in the country.

"In addition, most of the potato exporters are also based in Gujarat. These have led to the emergence of the state as a major potato hub in the country. In light of this, the 3rd Global Conclave is being held in Gujarat," the press release said.

The Conclave is being organized by the Indian Potato Association (IPA) in collaboration with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi, and ICAR-Central Potato Research Institute, Shimla and International Potato Center (CIP), Lima, Peru.

This mega event has three major components; The Potato Conference, The Agri Expo and Potato Field Day.

The Potato Conference will be held for three days during January 28-30. It will have 10 themes out of which 8 are based on basic and applied research. The remaining two themes will have a special emphasis on potato trade, value chain management and policy issues.

AgriExpo will be organized during January 28 to 30 to showcase the status of potato-based industries and trade, processing, seed potato production, biotechnology, public-private partnership in technology transfer and farmers related products etc.

Potato Field Day will be organized on January 31. This will include the demonstration of advancements in potato mechanization, potato varieties, and the latest technologies. (ANI)

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