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Aug 18, 2009

Egypt – Potatoes from the Sahara desert

In Egypt the agricultural sector has to provide a fast growing population with food. During the past ten years the Egyptian population increased by 13 millions to more than 81 millions.

 

In former times, cropping areas were restricted to the fertile delta and the banks of the Nile River. Today plant production is rapidly expanding into desert areas, where the crops are irrigated with canal water (from the Nile) or well water. The sandy desert soil is normally poor in nutrients and thus requires adequate mineral fertilization. Irrigation water, nutrients and the unlimited sunshine produce high yield and extraordinary quality in wheat, barley, potatoes as well as in fruit trees and vegetables.

Patentkali application results in superior crop quality

Egyptian potatoes and grapes are mainly produced for export purposes. In farmer seminars, Dr. Georg Ebert, agricultural adviser of K+S KALI GmbH, presented Patentkali as the ideal source of potassium and magnesium for these crops under desert-like conditions.

On a farm along the Western Desert Highway from Cairo to Alexandria farmers were invited to visit the Patentkali demonstration plots and were convinced of the outstanding quality of the table potatoes. The plots had been supplied with Patentkali prior to planting. „These potatoes are one best I have ever seen in the world“, agronomist Dr. Ebert gets enthusiastic. „Due to the balanced supply with potassium and magnesium quality attributes such as skin appearance, tissue coloration, firmness and taste are in most favourable conditions“.

Additional seminars and field days have been planned for 2010 in order to convince quality-conscious farmers to integrate Patentkali into their fertilizing schemes for potatoes.

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