ICAR-Central Potato Research Institute  

Procedure to import potato germplasm/Varieties

Procedure to import potato germplasm/Varieties

The Central Potato Research Institute (CPRI), Shimla is the nodal agency for the import and quarantine clearance of potato varieties. The material, however, can be imported only for research and for export of seed potatoes (after multiplication as minitubers under controlled conditions), etc. An undertaking by the indenter that the material will not be commercially exploited viz. released to the farmers without Govt. of India notification is thus mandatory.
Steps involved in the import of potato vars./accessions are as below:

1) The indenter should send his/her requirement to the Director, CPRI, Shimla mentioning the names of the varieties to be imported along with the complete address of the source organization from where the material is to be imported. The indenter should also indicate whether the variety/accession is transgenic/genetically modified or not? The indenter is also required to obtain a certificate from the source organization that the indented variety/accession does not contain any terminator gene.2) After the indenter signs the necessary documents and MOU, and agrees to bear the cost involved, the CPRI applies to the Director, National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources, New Delhi for import permit. In case the import is of transgenic nature, an application for necessary permission for the import of the material will also be made to the Regulatory Committee on Genetically Modified Crops (RCGM). It nearly takes 1-2 months to receive necessary permission/import permit.

3) The indent letter with the import permit is sent to the source organization for supply of the material along with the phytosanitary certificate. The material should be sent to the National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources, New Delhi for onward transmission to the CPRI.

4) On receipt of the material, it is prepared for quarantine. In case of in-vitro plantlets, it involves the revival and micropropagation of the plantlets. This normally takes 2-3 months.

5) The material is tested for all pests. It normally takes 4-5 months.

6) If the material is found free from all pests, it is multiplied for supply to the indenter, otherwise it is destroyed. This nearly takes 1-2 months. Thus, the total time taken to import and clear the material is 7-8 months from the date of receipt of the material in CPRI.

7) CPRI will have unrestricted right on the material for use in its research and developments activities.