KUFRI MANIK: A RED SKINNED BIOFORTIFIED POTATO VARIETY
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Keywords:Potato, biofortification, yield, late blight, Kufri Manik, Eastern plains
ABSTRACT: Kufri Manik is a medium maturing, main season, nutrient-rich table potato variety suitable for cultivation in
Eastern plains. It is a clonal selection from the cross between Kufri Arun √ CP3192. Its plants are tall with field resistance
to late blight. The variety produces attractive, deep red, round shaped tubers with medium eyes and yellow flesh. Kufri
Manik is nutrient-dense variety by virtue of high anthocyanin (68 mg/100g FW), phenols (71 mg/100g FW), Zinc (33 ppm),
Iron (30 ppm) as compared to red skin control varieties like Kufri Lalima and Kufri Lalit. It is fertilizer responsive and can
yield 23-25 t/ha under optimum agronomical practices. Kufri Manik has performed well in multi-location trials conducted
under AICRP on Potato and has been recommended for cultivation in eastern plains (Bihar, Orissa, West Bengal, Assam
and Eastern Uttar Pradesh).
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