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The secret to a town's perfect potatoes? Its well-preserved forest.
by Jorge Rodriguez
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11 February 2019
On 11 February 2019 Mongabay reported:
Like the rest of Quetzaltenango, a department in southwestern Guatemala, Concepcion Chiquirichapa is known for the quality of its potatoes. The type of soil in western Guatemala is perfect for growing underground crops such as potatoes and other tubers, carrots, and radishes. The rise of potato agriculture there is due, in part, to the use of leaf litter as an organic fertilizer and a steady supply of high-quality water from the local forest, which the town began restoring and protecting four decades ago.
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. . . Local farmers have used leaf litter from the forest as an organic fertilizer for generations, but since the early 2000s the Department of Protected Areas (DAP by its Spanish initials) has helped them perfect the technique.
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