Natural Breeding – Of late, consumers have become much more concerned about where their food is coming from and how that food is being produced. For example, organically grown products are becoming increasingly popular in the marketplace. Equally as important for consumers and industry is understanding how food is propagated and if genetic modification is utilized.
In order to develop new potato varieties, Agrico uses a natural breeding program of cross breeding, sowing, and selection. The natural breeding process of a new variety takes more than a decade as parent plants are first carefully selected; subsequently the progeny are planted and evaluated on trial fields for a period of eight years. The selection process is increasingly rigorous, with the new varieties being assessed for flavour, appearance, yield, resistance to diseases and preparation properties. (For a full description of the natural breeding process which Agrico uses, please refer to their website www.agrico.nl)