SOIL CONDITION FOR POTATO PRODUCTION

Soil sample: Soil meant for Potato farming should have a pH range of between 5.5 and 7.0.

Potatoes do well in loose soils with adequate drainage and aeration. The soil should be rich in organic matter and with a pH range of about 5.5- 7.0. Heavy and impermeable soils should not be used in potato production as they limit root penetration as well as tuber expansion. To ensure sustainable potato production over a long period of time, management of soil health should be given priority to maintain soil structure as well as ensuring the soil is free from pests and diseases. Potatoes produced in hygienic conditions do not only give high yield but also provide the important nutrients for human nutrition.

 

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