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[Portfolio News] Zephyr Peacock-backed Utkal Tubers appoints Vinod Bhat as CEO

Posted on 28 May, 2020

Utkal Tubers is a vegetable seeds company focused on development of high-yielding disease resistant varieties of seed potatoes. The company has strengthened its leadership with the appointment of industry veteran, Vinod Bhat as Chief Executive Officer.

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Below are excerpts from the post that first appeared on Economic Times on 28 May 2020:


Zephyr Peacock backed potato seeds company, Utkal Tubers, has announced the appointment of Vinod Bhat, an industry veteran as Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

With this appointment, the lab-to-land innovation company engaged in potato research, cultivation and marketing, is moving a step closer to its vision of improving India’s agricultural yield. Utkal Tubers is committed to innovate and promote sustainable agriculture and improve farmer income.

“Agriculture, with its allied sectors, is the largest source of livelihood in India. A majority of the country’s rural households depend on agriculture to earn a living, but the yield is one of the lowest in the world. The sector needs a tech makeover to improve productivity. Utkal has worked with stakeholders including the farmers, researchers and leading agencies across the world to enhance efficiencies in potato production. I am excited to join this team and look forward to helping them deliver their full potential. I believe Utkal can revolutionize potato farming in India,” said Vinod Bhat, CEO, Utkal Tubers.


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