Kolkata: The Chandramukhi variety of potato is well-known as being suitable for making superior variety of chips.
Hence, the West Bengal Government’s Agriculture Department has taken up a project to encourage farmers, through the giving of subsidies, to cultivate the Chandramukhi variety of potato. At present, the variety is cultivated over ten hectares in the state.
To achieve a higher production of the Chandramukhi variety, the department is also considering setting up soil testing centres in every subdivision. Currently, there are 18 soil testing laboratories in the state, of which 12 belong to the State Government.
The government would also set up workshops to educate farmers on this aspect, including training them on the aspects of cultivation.