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Promoting production and use of organic potatoes in Northern Ostrobothnia, the northernmost agricultural area in Europe

Hiltunen, L H; Vorne, V; Virtanen, E; Degefu, Y; Korhonen, K; Muilu, T and Tausta-Ojala, M-L (2017) Promoting production and use of organic potatoes in Northern Ostrobothnia, the northernmost agricultural area in Europe. In: Aakkula, Jyrki; Hakala, Kaija; Huhta, Harri; Iivonen, Sari; Jurvanen, Ulla; Kreismane, Dzidra; Land, Anita; Lähdesmäki, Merja; Malingen, Matti; Mikkola, Minna; Nordlund-Othen, Janne; Nuutila, Jaakko; Peetsmann, Elen; Piskonen, Sirpa; Rasmussen, Ilse A.; Skulskis, Virgilijus; Tahvonen, Raija; Taskinen, Sirpa; Ullvén, Kari; Wibe, Atle and Wivstad, Maria (Eds.) NJF Seminar 495 - 4th organic Conference: Organics for tomorrow's food systems, 19 - 21 June 2017, Mikkeli, Finland, 13 (1), NJF Report, pp. 61-62.

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Summary

The demand for organic products is increasing in Finland. Potato is an important part of the Finnish diet with around 60 kg of potatoes per person consumed annually. The demand for organic potatoes and potato products is also increasing. However, currently less than 2 % of the potato crops are grown organically, and neither the volume nor the quality meets the expectations of the consumers and professional kitchens. Organic potato production faces many challenges including lack of suitable cultivars and fertilisers and difficulties with disease control, all of which may contribute to low yields in organic production. The objective of this on-going study is to promote the production and use of organic potatoes in Northern Ostrobothnia, the northernmost agricultural area in Europe. The project outline and the first year’s results are discussed.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Poster
Subjects: Crop husbandry > Production systems
Crop husbandry
Crop husbandry > Crop health, quality, protection
Crop husbandry > Production systems > Root crops
Research affiliation: Finland
International Conferences > 2017: NJF Seminar 495 - Organics for tomorrow's food systems > 1. Tuning up sustainable organic production
Finland > Luke Natural Resources Institute
ISSN:1653-2015
Deposited By: Hiltunen, Dr L H
ID Code:31268
Deposited On:19 Jun 2017 09:15
Last Modified:05 Jul 2017 09:37
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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