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Diffuse light potato seed storage as an example of technology transfer: a case study

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An example of the adoption of a new technology, namely the storage of potato seed tubers in diffuse light, is described under conditions typical of many developing countries: lack of financial and technical resources etc. Progressive stages are shown within one farm. In addition, farmer awareness of seed-tuber quality and confidence in new technologies were increased so that other related technologies have been adopted prior to any apparent data on subsequent yields and economic returns, which have since been shown to be not inconsiderable.


Se describe un ejemplo de adopción de una tecnología nueva, a saber, el almacenamiento de tubérculos-semillas de papa en luz difusa, en las condiciones típicas de muchos países en desarrollo, como carencia de recursos financieros y técnicos. Se muestran diferentes estados de progresión dentro de una finca. Hubo, de parte de los agricultores, más conciencia respecto a la calidad del tubérculo-semilla y mayor confianza en las nuevas tecnologías de tal manera que otras technologías afines fueron adoptadas sin que hubiese antes datos sobre subsecuentes rendimientos y retribuciones económicas, los que, después, se ha demostrado que son considerables.

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Potts, M.J. Diffuse light potato seed storage as an example of technology transfer: a case study. American Potato Journal 60, 217–226 (1983).

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