Vegetables

Potato is one of the major edible and profitable crop of Pakistan. Potato is forth important crop after wheat, rice and maize. Potato can be called complete diet. It contains plenty of starch. In addition, potato also contains vitamins, minerals and proteins. Potato crop is able to produce much higher yields on a per unit area than other cereal crops. In 2018-19, the potato was cultivated on 196.2 thousand hectares with total production of 4578.9 thousand tons. About 1 million ton potato is exported from Pakistan, earning almost Rs. 20 billion after meeting domestic consumption and keeping seed potato for next cultivation.  Three potato crops are cultivated in Punjab. In the plains it has two crops i.e. spring and autumn and only one summer crop is cultivated in hilly areas. In Punjab, 75% of the potato crop is cultivated in Kasur, Okara, Depalpur, Sahiwal and Pakpattan. It is also called as core area of potatoes.

 

 

Potato Research Institute, Sahiwal

 

Sr. No.

Variety Name

Parentage

Year of Release

Sowing Time

Average Yield

(ton/ha)

Recommended Areas

Salient Features

1

Sahiwal Red

(FD 76-67)

FD 3-15  x SH-5

2019

2nd fortnight of October

28.4

Sahiwal, Okara ,Pakpattan & Kasur

High yielding , red skinned and tolerant to  frost and diseases 

2

Sahiwal White

(FD 73-110)

FD 35-36  x SH-5

2019

2nd fortnight of October

30.5

 Sahiwal, Okara ,Pakpattan & Kasur

High yielding , white skinned, climate resilient & tolerant   to frost and  diseases

3

Cosmo

(FD 78-51)

FD 3-15 x FD 35-36

2019

2nd fortnight of October

29.9

 Sahiwal, Okara ,Pakpattan & Kasur

High yielding , yellow skinned & tolerant   to frost and  diseases

4

Sialkot Red

 (SH-1035)

SH-5  x Cardinal 2018 2nd fortnight of October 25.8 Sialkot, Gujranwala  , Sahiwal, Okara ,Pakpattan & Kasur High yielding , red skinned, climate resilient and tolerant to  frost and diseases 
5

Sadaf

 (FD 78-36)

FD 3-15  x FD 35-36 2016 2nd fortnight of October 26.6 Sahiwal, Okara ,Pakpattan & Kasur High yielding , white skinned, climate resilient ,tolerant to  frost and diseases  and suitable for processing industry
6

Ruby

 (FD 63-1)

384636-1  x FD 1-8 2016 2nd fortnight of October 27.3 Sahiwal, Okara ,Pakpattan & Kasur High yielding , red skinned, late maturing,  tolerant to  frost and diseases  and suitable for processing industry
7

PRI-Red

(FD 70-1)

FD 44-24 x FD 12-24 2013 2nd fortnight of October 34.2 Sahiwal, Okara ,Pakpattan & Kasur High yielding , red skinned, late maturing and tolerant to  frost and diseases 
8 SH-5 Cardinal x Desiree 2006 2nd fortnight of October 35.0 Sialkot, Gujranwala  , Sahiwal, Okara ,Pakpattan & Kasur High yielding , red skinned, late maturing and tolerant to  frost and diseases