EU encourages potato as a replacement of rice in Asia

The EU is increasingly promoting potato as crop which can replace rice as a staple in the Asian rice-consuming countries.

As per researchers:

  • image Potato, which is a ‘tuber crop’, requires less amount of water to grow as compared to other basic food products, without compromising the nutritional value.
  • It is the fourth largest consumed food in the world after maize, rice and wheat.
  • Contains less calories than pasta, rice and bread.
  • Consumes about 30 % less water to grow than rice
  • It is being projected as a crop that can contribute to weight loss if prepared and consumed healthily.
  • It can provide a solution for meeting the increased food demand for an estimated 6 billion world population by 2030.

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