Farmer Tests Waters With New Potato Seed

Neo Seate showing her potato crop
Neo Seate showing her potato crop

SERINANE: For decades, Batswana have been crossing borders to import fruits and vegetables, especially potatoes from South Africa but a local farmer, Neo Seate (34) is determined to stop the trend particularly with potatoes.

Serinane-based Seate says she has become the first farmer in Botswana to plant potatoes using seeds and not the usually tubers.

Last year, she went to an agriculture fair outside Botswana and she found a potato seed called True Potato Seed (TPS), which has never been used in Botswana. After hearing success stories about the seeds particularly in India, she bought it and approached the agricultural department to assist on how that can be possible to be planted in Botswana.

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