Altering potato production systems in Oman by modifying the planting strategy and the seed supply mechanisms

I. A. Khan*, M. L. Deadman, H. S. Al-Nabhani, K. A. Al-Habsi

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Oman has a cropping season limited to the months between September and April. Most of vegetable growers harvest 2 crops per season. Potato is grown from imported seed, which arrives in early November. Planting a crop during November leaves little opportunity for growing a second crop. Reduced cropping intensity has prompted the growers to avoid cultivating potato. Altering the planting time and seed supply mechanisms could revitalize potato cultivation. We have investigated planting times after the November norm and screened potato cultivars for planting at different times. Our data (sprout emergence, growth, tuber yield) gathered over 3 consecutive years for 2-11 planting dates and 5-26 potato cultivars provides convincing rational for shifting potato planting from November to the middle of December without any loss of yield. The altered strategy would allow 3 months prior to the potato crop for raising an early vegetable crop.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationXXVI International Horticultural Congress
Subtitle of host publicationPotatoes, Healthy Food for Humanity: International Developments in Breeding, Production, Protection and Utilizaton
PublisherInternational Society for Horticultural Science
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9789066053601
Publication statusPublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameActa Horticulturae
ISSN (Print)0567-7572


  • Chitting
  • Dormancy
  • Farming systems
  • Physiological age
  • Planting time
  • Sprout emergence
  • Stem number
  • Tuber number

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Horticulture


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