Acta Scientific Agriculture (ASAG)(ISSN: 2581-365X)

Research Article Volume 7 Issue 9

Production Dynamics of Potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) in Surkhet District, Nepal

Sudip Ghimire* and Dipak Kandel

Faculty of Agriculture, Agriculture and Forestry University, Rampur, Chitwan, Nepal

*Corresponding Author: Sudip Ghimire, Faculty of Agriculture, Agriculture and Forestry University, Rampur, Chitwan, Nepal.

Received: May 15, 2023; Published: August 11, 2023


The study sought to examine how potatoes are produced in Panchapuri Municipality, Surkhet, and randomly selected eighty farmers from the command area for analysis. The required information was obtained with the help of a pre-tested, semi-structured questionnaire and one focus group discussion. Out of the respondents, 52.4% were male, and 47.6% were female. The study discovered that only a quarter of farmers had received training, with 37.5% having access to extension services. The majority of the respondents (90%) did not practice seed treatment during cultivation, and only 10% of respondents practiced seed treatment. Although potatoes are a high-value crop, many problems were encountered during potato production and marketing. The significant problems in potato production were limited land, a lack of quality seed, fertilizer, and water, disease and pests, and the monopolistic behavior of intermediaries. Major market problems were poor road infrastructure, high transportation loss, unavailability of the vehicles on time, high cost, lack of collection centers and cold storage, less producer share and price fluctuation, micronutrients, cold storage, seed treatment, training and extension services, marketing channels, and variety. Therefore, information and training, good road and market infrastructure, proper nutrient and irrigation management, more extension services, agricultural loans and subsidies, technical and management expertise in agricultural techniques, technical expertise in disease control, and disease-resistant improved varieties should be provided to improve production and potato marketing in this region.

Keywords: Fertilizer; Monopolistic; Questionnaire; Seed Treatment; Subsidies


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Citation: Sudip Ghimire and Dipak Kandel. “Production Dynamics of Potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) in Surkhet District, Nepal". Acta Scientific Agriculture 7.9 (2023): 22-30.


Copyright: © 2023 Sudip Ghimire and Dipak Kandel. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


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