Potato has become an important crop for both farmers and consumers in Pakistan. It is the fourth most important crop by volume of production; it is high yielding, having a high nutritive value and gives high returns to farmers. Pakistan is self-sufficient in potatoes for household consumption and relies more than 99% on locally produced seed potatoes.
Today, Pakistan ranks in the world top twenty potato producing nation. The percentage of the potato crop used for processing have steadily increased. Pakistan produce good quality, smooth and natural yellow and red skin, long and round shaped potatoes. Potato is a versatile, carbohydrate-rich food highly popular worldwide and prepared and served in a variety of ways. Freshly harvested, it contains about 80 percent water and 20 percent dry matter. About 60 to 80 percent of the dry matter is starch. On a dry weight basis, the protein content of potato is similar to that of cereals and is very high in comparison with other roots and tubers.