Two more financially distressed potato farmers allegedly committed suicide in West Bengal's Burdwan, taking toll to five in the district in the past fortnight. While one of the deceased farmers, Atul Prasad Let (40) consumed pesticide at Bishnubati village, another Bijoy Hansda (38) also took the extreme step at Shivrampore Friday night. Both died in the Burdwan Medical College Hospital Saturday morning. Relatives of both the victims claimed that they had committed suicide for not be able to repay debts as their products did not find adequate takers.
The J.R. Simplot Company's genetically modified potato has been given a seal of approval from the U.S Food and Drug Administration, which said the vegetable - developed by Simplot Plant Sciencesis just as nutritious as its conventional counterpart. On Friday, the FDA gave its approval to six varieties of GMO potatoes from Simplot.
Carl Hoverson of Larimore, ND, was elected to the United States Potato Board (USPB) Executive Committee on March 13, 2014, at the organizations 42nd Annual Meeting in Colorado Springs, CO. He will also serve as a Co-Chairman of the USPB International Marketing Committee. He previously served two years on the USPB Domestic Marketing Administrative Committee. Hoverson has been growing Russet Burbank potatoes for frozen processing.