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North Eastern Cape

The main seed production areas in this region are Elliot and Ugie, with four registered seed potato producers farming in this region.  The region has a summer rainfall and seed potato production is mainly dry land.  However, in the dry spell period in October to the end of November, potato fields are irrigated.

The planting of seed potatoes in the region, as in KwaZulu-Natal, starts from July up to December, but the main planting period is from October to end November.

Figure 1: Number of registered hectares planted with generation 0 to 7 seed potatoes, and the production of generation 1 - 8 and Standard Grade certified seed potatoes from these hectares for the North Eastern Cape region

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